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Des Moines, Iowa: Family Grave Bed

Polk family plot features a gravestone carved to resemble a bed for children, with stone headboard, frame, and three pillows.

Woodland Cemetery

2019 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA
Woodland Cemetery. Ask for directions to grave. Section 6, Lot 142.
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Three children's graves.

Family Grave Bed

Found it in the block 6 of the cemetery.

[Meghan, 05/19/2016]

There are three little stone pillows for the long nap.

Family Grave Bed

Part of the Polk family plot is carved to resemble a bed for three -- in this case, three children. The stone headboard and frame surround three pillows -- symbols for eternal slumber -- inscribed with the name of each asleep forever child. Jefferson Scott (died 1907) and Julia Polk (died 1912) commissioned it for their sadly short-lived kids.

[ Team, 04/29/2016]

Woodland Cemetery Bonus: The Typographical Union No. 118 Memorial remembers 14 typesetters poisoned in 1907 by lead in their ink, accidentally eaten during lunch break.

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