The history of Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis is told through the stories of some of the 87,000 people who are buried there. Shepley's guidebook to St. Louis's notable residents is organized into sections, such as artists, fur traders, and Civil War generals, and features biographies of William Clark, James Buchanan Eads, Susan Blow, and Adolphus Busch, not to mention some more notorious backgrounds. Cemetery records and interviews with such insiders as the cemetery's superintendent and gatekeeper inform the research. The contributions and controversies that make up St. Louis history are revealed, and the architecture and landscape of the cemetery are celebrated as significant to the region.
Gold medal winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award for best regional non-fiction.
40 illustrations, plus an 8-page color insert
ISBN 978-1-883982-86-7, $24.95, paperback