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Oak Ridge Cemetery

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Cemetery name: Oak Ridge Cemetery; also known as Oak Ridge Cemetery & Abbey

1441 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Phone: 217-789-2340

GPS Coordinates: 39.8246994, -89.6592026


Oak Ridge Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Illinois at 365 acres and is the second most visited cemetery in the United States. Home of President Abraham Lincoln's Tomb, this active cemetery's first burial was in 1858.

Oak Ridge is the burial home of many settlers of Springfield and Sangamon County and state and local officials. For many years the cemetery was segregated as to both color and religion so some sections tend to represent one race, religion or social status. There are several war memorials and a dedicated area for the Home of the Friendless residents who were buried there in the late 1800s.

Several cemeteries were closed and the remains moved to Oak Ridge over a span of many years. Most notable of those were Hutchinson Cemetery and the Old City Graveyard. Many other small family cemeteries in Sangamon County also had their burials removed to Oak Ridge.

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