Evergreen Cemetery
Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin


Cemetery: Evergreen
Other:

Sign: No

Street: a couple blocks south of 21st street around and under the sewer treatment plant

City: Racine

Township:

County: Racine

State: Wisconsin

Nation: United states

Zip: 53405 or adjoining

Status: Abandoned

Size: Large

Directions: On the lakefront under and surrounding the sewer treatment plant

Type: Road-public

Location: Urban

Terrain: Hillside

Watersource: Yes

Features: There are only a couple small pine trees .

Property: Private

Access: Permission-required

Enclosure: Fence

Gate: Locks

Established: 1851

Gravestones: Before the (partial) removal and destruction of large portion there was originally around 1400

Oldest: I've uncovered an obelisk that was dated 1855 but reports say it was the resting place of many of the early settlers of this area which began in the late 1830's.

Newest: 1920's

Removed: Yes

Relocated: Unsure

Repairs: No

Methods: Adhesives

Restoration: No

Association: No

Records: Unsure

Inventory: Unsure

Availability:

Landscaping: No

Paths: No

Trees: No

Crypts: Yes

Fencing: Yes

Brickwork: Yes

Ironwork: Yes

Sculpture: Yes

Fountains: Yes

Roads: Yes

Buildings: Yes

Cement: No

Granite: No

Marble: No

Native: Yes

Slate: Unsure

Others: Yes

Wood: Unsure

Materials: Unsure

Architectural: Yes

Angels: Unsure

Draperies: Unsure

Fraternal: Unsure

Hands: Unsure

Lambs: Unsure

Monograms: Unsure

Plants: Yes

Photos: No

Religious: Unsure

Scrollwork: Yes

Urns: Unsure

Carvings: Yes

Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction

Unmarked: Yes

Broken: No

Toppled: Yes

Disintegrating: Yes

Buried: Yes

Weather: Yes

Pollution: No

Vandalized: Yes

Report: No

VA1: Gravestones-Overturned

VA2:

VA3: Gravestones-Stolen

VA4:

VA5: Graves-Desecrated

Overgrowth: None

Overgrowth1:

Overgrowth2:

Overgrowth3:

Overgrowth4:

GroundCover:

Moss:

Vines:

Drainage: Good

Problem1: Encroachment

Problem2: Apathy

Owner: Business

Use: Commercial

Bordering: Recreational

Change: Smaller

Reason: Commercial

Visited: Unknown

Archeology: No

Habitat: Unknown

Contacted: When I found the 1855 obelisk I immediately informed the construction company assuming they would do the right thing and instead the discovery was somehow covered up the next day trying to conceal it.After that my friend whom I showed it to the night I found it was angered at the attempted concealment told the mayor and the newspaper.Still nothing was done and they tried to pass it off as a discarded headstone.Then I contacted a friend of mine who is a local historian which is where I obtained most of my information from doccuments and newspaper reports of the past 70 years.

Surnames:

Originally many of the early settlers to this area.I've heard rumor of a possible list but as of yet haven't seen or acquired it.

Other_Information:

This cemetary HAD around 1400 burial sites.In a 1928 Racine Journal article.The city removed squatters that lived there supposedly to make a city park.At that time the cemetary was in bad shape and there were reports of graves washing out of the hillside and general neglect.In the 1930's the area was chosen for the site of the sewer treatment plant. The city claimed they moved the remains of the buried to mound cemetery.However there are only around 400-500 reported to have been moved.Where the other 500-1000 minus the ones that were actually displaced due to erosion (without the help of an earth moving machine)is not on report.There have been numerous accounts after the supposed relocation by the city and sewertreatment plant of skulls and pelvises turning up during later excavations on the treatment grounds and in areas the earth was taken to as landfill.Information about the plants construction says the bluff was originally 25ft.above the lakes water level and it was lowered to 7ft.and extended out into the lake with the rearranged earth(and most likely burial remains).I have an 1883 map that shows the location of the cemetery and part of the area is undisturbed but no headstones remain.I am trying to find out how I would go about getting permission to locate and properly relocate or protect the remaining graves.Any leads would be greatly appreciated.Time is of the essence due to a newer and larger sewer treatment plant is currently under construction.

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name: Jeffrey Friso

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Date: november 15 2002