Paved The Cemetery And Put In A Parking Lot


The Betsy Ross Bridge in Philadelphia seems like any other. It doesn’t have the grace of the Golden Gate or the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, nor does it draw any acolytes wanting to make the trek across. The structure exists primarily to move people, and this it does well, helping connect Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Most commuters, however, are surely unaware of what the bridge’s foundation is actually built on: a cemetery.

Read the full article at The Atlantic Cities here.


Photo: K. Scott Kreider


3 thoughts on “Paved The Cemetery And Put In A Parking Lot

  1. Wow! It’s funny the story references the Golden Gate Bridge, since San Francisco demolished all its cemeteries in the 1940s and used the broken headstones to shore up Ocean Beach, the Marina, and Aquatic Park. Thanks for sharing this story.

    • Thanks for sharing Loren! I have never read anything about other cities using headstones as rick rack for waterfront areas. I am going to look into their use in San Francisco.

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