Showmen's Rest

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Showmen’s Rest is a section of Woodlawn Cemetery where remains from a 1918 circus-train wreck were buried in a mass grave. Between 60 and 110 employees were killed when another train conductor fell asleep, causing his train to strike the circus train. Many of the victims’ names were not known, so some of the markers say things like “unidentified male” or “Baldy” or “4 Horse Driver.” Today, the section is still used for burials of circus showmen. The cemetery is rumored to be haunted. Locals say the sound of phantom elephants can be heard at night.

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Geographic Information

Address:
7818 W Cermak Rd
Proviso, IL
United States

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GPS:
41.85059933129038, -87.81878721718385
County:
Cook County, Illinois
Nearest Towns:
North Riverside, IL (0.6 mi.)
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  1. Omg I knew something was strange about e cemetery because every time I walk past that cemetery down Madison im always on the phone with a friend , then in the phone I hear strange whispers and I ask my friend did she hear it she said no… then I made her be quiet then the whispers continued but she didn’t hear it …. then one day I was at home and my sister was walking down Madison from the train stastion and I was in the phone with her then I heard the same whispers from last time , then I asked my sister is she walking past the cemetery yet and she said she was walking pass it now,, which is why I was hearing e noises I heard before when I was waking pass it. omg I totally knew something was strange about that cemetery

  2. The animal sounds come from the Brookfield zoo which is nearby. I used to drive by that cemetery late at night with my dad in the 1960’s and could hear the animals.

  3. So true I always pass this cemetery when i’m going to my cousin’s place, I always have my EMF device wirh me, and I swear the energy goes up like crazy.

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