Date: Nov 04, 2017 | Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Mausoleum Tour at the historic Bellefontaine Cemetery. This two-hour walking tour will cover less than a mile and will stop at 20 mausoleums along the way, focusing on Prospect Avenue with entrance into the Wainwright, Lemp and Pierce Mausoleums. Hear the stories and details behind the structures that house notable St. Louis families including, Cupples, Brown, Bixby, Waldbart and Spink. Space is limited and reservations are required. See website to register and for more information. This event is FREE! Donations are appreciated.
The historic Bellefontaine Cemetery was started in 1849 by a group of prominent men from the city of St. Louis. Almerin Hotchkiss, an associate of Frederick Law Olmsted who designed New York's Central Park, was hired to design the layout of the cemetery. Hotchkiss became friends with Henry Shaw and with his help, the cemetery is now noted to have one of the finest collections of trees in the St. Louis area. Amazing examples of architecture and cemetery art can also be found at Bellefontaine Cemetery, as well as the final resting places for many famous people including Adolphus Busch, of the famed Anheuser-Busch beer brewery; William Clark, famous explorer of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and James Eads, architect who designed the St. Louis Eads Bridge.
Bellefontaine Cemetery is open daily for visiting 8am to 5pm, with extended hours in the summer. The Cemetery hosts many private and public, bus, walking and special themed tours throughout the year.