Potter's Field, Cincinnati, OH
Posted by: Web-ling
N 39° 07.113 W 084° 35.489
16S E 708221 N 4332694
Quick Description: An abandoned cemetery for the poor, unwanted, and unknown.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 11/12/2006 10:11:31 AM
Waymark Code: WMYEM
According to the nearby sign:
This 25 acre cemetery is the former burial site for Hamilton Counry's poor, unwanted, and unknown.
Established in 1849 and operated until 1981. between 8,500 and 10,000 people are laid to rest here. Most of the graves are unmarked but some have metal plates or wooden stakesmarking the burial site. A veteran's section was set aside and many Cival War soldiers are believed to be buried here. Records of known graves were recorded in a book kept by the County Department of Human Resources.
There are no written records of burials before 1898. The Branch Hospital for Contagious Diseases, locally referred to as the "Pest House" controlled the cemetery from 1879 to 1912. This hospital was located at the site of what is now the Dunham Recreation Center. Persons who died at the "Pest House" were buried here as quickly as possible, foregoing customary funeral services. The Hamilton County Welfare Department eventually took over operations of the cemetery after the hospital closed.
In order to preserve and protect the many graves, known and unknown, and the growth that has occurred over the passing years, Potter's Field is now being maintained in a natural state.
I find this last paragraph disturbing. Apparently, "being maintained in a natural state" means not being maintained at all. The area is completely overgrown, with trash, beer bottles, and old car parts littering the area. The few grave markers that remain are askew and covered with leaves and branches. The disgrace shown to these people in life and at death is continuing in the grave.