2022 Bluff City Cemetery Walk
The Bluff City Cemetery Walk is celebrating 35 years!
Visitors will be welcomed to the historic Bluff City Cemetery that has provided the final resting place for area residents since 1889. Enjoy the beauty of the cemetery and hear the stories of seven Elgin residents. The walk lasts about 1 hour 15 minutes.
The Bluff City Cemetery Walk is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be given unless the entire event is cancelled.
Event tickets are $15.00 per person. Brown Paper Tickets service fees is $2.39 per ticket.
This years characters are:
Charlene Barney Barnett - 1928-1979
Barnett, an Elgin native and graduate of Elgin High School played in the All American Girls Baseball League. She entered the league in 1947 playing for development teams, finishing off her 3rd and 4th seasons playing 2nd base for the Rockford Peaches. She posted a career high batting average and her defensive play on the field was excellent. Her outstanding athletic ability helped the Peaches win the championship in 1950.
Mark Wentworth Dunham. 1842-1899
Mark Dunham, importer and owner of Percheron horses had a breeders instinct. Living at Oaklawn Farm in Wayne, IL he was the first farmer that found a work horse that could manage the new farm equipment known as the Mechanical Reaper. Mark was influenced at an early age by the can do entrepreneurial spirit of the age. His accomplishments earned the gratitude and admiration of many farmers and friends.
Louis Carl Freeman 1854-1939
Louis Carl Freeman was a 45 year veteran of the Elgin Police Dept. He worked the night shift until 1898, when he was promoted to sergeant and eventually became acting marshal. He was also responsible for re-designing the officers uniforms in 1902 to include each officers rank and years of service. He served the City of Elgin longer than anyone at that time.
The Kerber Brothers
The Kerber Brothers opened a retail meat market in downtown Elgin in 1882. A slaughterhouse and ice house expanded the business along the bank of the Fox River just south of Elgin in 1890.The Kerber Packing Company became one of the largest independent meat processing firms in the Midwest and remained in the Kerber family until 1950.
Adam H. Lowrie - 1836-1919
Adam Lowrie, born in Scotland came to Elgin in 1882. Prominent in both business and church activities, Mr. Lowrie was a staunch supporter of everything that was good for Elgin, Il. He was a successful newspaper man having bought both the Elgin Daily and the Weekly Advocate consolidating them into the The Daily News. He was honored by the board of Education in 1913 when Oak St. school was re-named the Adam H. Lowrie school.
Dr. Clara Todson - 1868-1925
Clara Todson came to Elgin at an early age. A graduate of Elgin High School, she continued her studies at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago. After graduating with high honors she was able to open her own practice in the Spurling Building. She became involved with the suffrage movement forming the Civic Equality League addressing issues concerning women. They toured Illinois to gain support for their cause, along with many other organizations which helped to ratify the 19th amendment to the Constitution.
Dr. Pelton - 1851-1941
Dr. Ora L. Pelton came to Elgin in 1882, and was appointed staff surgeon at Sherman Hospital. He opened his own clinic on Spring Street along with two other doctors in 1917. Dr. Pelton traveled the world studying the latest developments in the fields of medicine and surgery. After devoting 60 years of his life to the profession, he retired on January 1, 1931. He retained an active interest in his lifes work, frequently consulting with former professional associates.
35th Annual Bluff City Cemetery Walk (View)
945 Bluff City Blvd
Elgin, IL 60120
The entire walk is about 3/4 mile and there are chairs available at each performance site. This year, there will be expanded capacity for bus tours to accommodate visitors with limited mobility.