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Beach Cemetery

The PPSOC serves as steward for the Beach Cemetery, which is owned by the Natural Land Institute.  The 2.5 acre dry hill prairie is located on a gravel kame and includes little bluestem, prairie dropseed, and porcupine grass. Other plant species on this small prairie are pasqueflower, puccoons, prairie smoke, leadplant, and coneflowers. 

Early pioneer cemeteries were established in the prairie lands that were so common in Illinois. Some of these cemeteries have survived with their prairie grasses and forbs intact. These prairie cemeteries are jewel-like remnants of the natural surroundings of the early settlers.*

From the junction of Ill. Rt. 251 and Ill. Rt. 64, go north on Ill. 251 about 5 miles to Big Mound Road. Turn west and travel 2.75 miles. The Cemetery Prairie is on the north side of the road just .25 miles east of White Rock Road.

Information Source: Directory of Illinois Nature Preserves, Vol. 2, Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

* Excerpted from Prairie Pages' Illinois Prairie Cemeteries.


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