Should the city dig up Central Park to look for old graves?

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Interestedreader

Sooo who's asking the question?

Mark Brooky

CLICK HERE to read the Strange Grand Haven story, "Central Park final resting place for bodies left behind."

CLICK HERE to read the Tribune's "Our Views," "Let the exhume resume." Then tell us what you think!

GHPuzzler

Just leave well enough alone. If Grand Haven thinks it has problems with remaining bodies, read about the interesting issues Chicago has with Lincoln Park, which was the old city cemetery until 1869. Not only are remains still being found in the park and the zoo, but in the back yards of area houses. Some estimates put the number of remaining bodies at ten thousand! How's that for a cheerful day in the park?
http://hiddentruths.northwestern...

biped

Thank you GHPuzzler for making others aware of the Lincoln Park situation. There's no reason to search with GPR or(God forbid)dig in Central Park. Drawing attention to whatever amount of human remains that are buried there would only create something akin to a circus side show. Let's leave them be.

deeg

Simply placing a headstone or some other memorial to those that are buried here would be most appropriate.

pretty peacock

I think it would be fine to scan the park but no digging should be allowed. Let them remain where they have been for so long !

StrangeGrandHaven

I agree to leave them there in the park — at peace — in their final resting place. It was the reason in 1913 when city workers (who were laying water lines) left in place a couple of caskets they discovered, out of respect for the dead. Regarding those who are curious, not even ground penetrating radar would answer how many bodies remain in the park, because when bodies were moved to Lake Forest, some caskets were left in the ground. In those cases, remains were put in a new burial case then reburied at Lake Forest. So, many caskets could be detected, but that's not evidence of human remains. I suggest, like some others have, placing a small plaque or marker in the park as a memorial.

SLNativeSince1864

This survey is dead to me. Bury it and never dig it up.

GrandHavenJohn

Let's spend tens of thousands of tax dollars like the Trib Staff says and see what they find!!!!! Yipppeeeee I love spending money I don't have!!!!!!!!!

Zegota

If no one knows for sure, and they are at rest, leave them alone. All this is, is a way for publicity and money...

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