Tower Grove Cemetery
The Tower Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro, Illinois, was opened in the 1830's. The
area was originally a farming region, though coal mining was also important
in this region by the 1880's. Murphysboro had silicon factories in the
1920's that took a toll on the male population.
||In 1925, the world's largest tornado disaster occurred, when a Category 5
tornado killed hundreds of people in the region. As the county seat, victims
of the tornado were shipped to Murphysboro by flat bed railroad car and
buried in the Tower Grove Cemetery; because many of these people were not
recognizable, hundreds of people were buried in unmarked graves and are not
actually recorded via the birth and death records on the gravestones.
There are more than 4,000 graves in Tower Grove Cemetery.