Egyptian Sarcophagus (Bridges) - St. Louis, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 41.618 W 090° 13.601
15S E 741199 N 4286430
High on one of the highest points in cemetery looking down Broadway.
Waymark Code: WM15KQD
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 01/18/2022
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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County of tombstone: St. Louis Independent City
Location of tombstone: Mausoleum & Clover (inside); W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis
Built: 1875
Architect: Unknown
Style: Egyptian Sarcophagus

This tombstone is huge, an Egyptian Sarcophagus on a base, high on a knoll in the cemetery, and with very fancy carved sidewalls to the stair to reach the site. His family is buried all around his tomb with small stones.

The stair will have two large urns, and leading to the urns are relief replicas of flowres and ivy's.
The sarcophagus itself is a tiered base with the tombstone text, and faces of pharaohs and angels.

Tombstone Text:

BORN 17, MAY 1810 - DIED 25, FEB . 1875.

"35. Hudson E. Bridge
Architect: Unknown
Built: c. 1875
Marble. Sarcophagus on pedestal. Acanthus leaf “feet” support sarcophagus, embellished with human faces above leaves (angels and pharaohs)" ~ NRHP Nomination Form

"Moving from wood to stone, Hudson Bridge’s monument, a striking sarcophagus that sits high on a hill overlooking Broadway, reveals the past orientation of the cemetery. Originally, Broadway was known as Bellefontaine Road in the city (it’s still called that in North County), and since the front entrance to the cemetery was located on that road, it gave its named to Bellefontaine Cemetery. Bridge’s monument now seems like an almost obscure location, unless one considers that it once held one of the most prominent locations in the cemetery looking down on the former front entrance drive. Bridge pioneered local manufacturing, especially stoves, in St. Louis, moving the city’s economy away from simply providing raw materials for eastern factories to producing finished products in the Gateway City." ~ St. Louis,  [Magazine], by Chris Naffziger, October 2015

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