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January 15
2013 District Hike

Bellfontaine Cemetery

This is the District Hike this year.  Instead of just having one day to complete the hike, you have the entire Month of January to have your Unit take this hike.  Every Unit has a busy schedule so this way your Unit can complete the hike on a day that would work for you.  Just remember that this is an active cemetery and you must be respectful of the other visitors to the cemetery, the monuments, and burial sites.  YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE CEMETERY IF YOU SHOW ANY DISRESPECT!  (They just had a scout unit that the boys were climbing on the monuments, running all over the cemetery and just plan loud and disrespectful.  They were asked to leave immediately.  We do not want anyone from Thunderbird District to have this problem.)

 Bellefontaine Cemetery is the resting place for many prominent men and women who contributed to the westward expansion of the United States as well as civic leaders and other notable personalities. Some of the people are Thomas Hart Benton – Missouri’s first Senator, Samuel Hawken – gunsmith famous for the “Hawken Rifle,”  favored by mountain men and fur trappers, Captain James B. Eads – the engineer who oversaw the construction of the Eads Bridge, the first steel bridge to span the Mississippi, Adolphus Busch - the beer magnate, Sara Teasdale – a Pulitzer Prize winning poet recognized as one of America’s finest women poets, and General William Clark - of the Lewis and Clark Expidition. Bellefontaine Cemetery is considered an outdoor museum of because of its many architecturally significant mausoleums and monuments.

Visiting Bellefontaine Cemetery
     Visiting Hours
The cemetery gates are open daily 8 am - 5 pm
The office is open Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4 pm.
There is no charge to visit Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Visitors can pick up a self-guided tour book of nearly fifty significant gravesites at the cemetery office during business hours. A white line down the center of the roadways makes taking the tour easy.

Visit Bellefontaine Website


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