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Woodlawn Cemetery (Showmen's Rest)

Woodlawn Cemetery (Showmen's Rest)

7600 W Cermak Road
Forest Park, Illinois
60130 USA
(708) 442-8500

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Forest Park IL is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Woodlawn Cemetery (Showmen's Rest). Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.


On June 22, 1918, the Hagenbeck-Wallace (back then the nation's third-largest) was traveling on a pair of trains to an engagement. The first train, which carried the show's animal acts, arrived without a problem. Unfortunately, the second train met a deadly fate. Between 60 and 110 employees were killed when another train conductor fell asleep on the job causing his train to strike the oncoming circus train. This train carried the roustabouts, performers and their families. Many of the victims' names were not known, so some of the markers are identified with unique names, such as "Baldy," "Four Horse Driver," "Smiley," and, of course, the undeniable "unidentified male."In a twisted horror ending, the last life claimed from this horrible accident was that of John B. Warren, the Showmen's League president. He died a week after he attended to the funerals of those killed in the train wreck. He was buried alongside them. Today, this section continues to be used for burials of circus performers.


The cemetery is rumored to be haunted by the sound of phantom elephants that can be heard at night.


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Date added: May/03/2019 | Last time updated: Apr/13/2020
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