Wolf Creek Cemetery - Eldorado, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 49.204 W 088° 27.492
16S E 371658 N 4186852
Quick Description: Eldorado, originally named Elder-Rado, see note at the bottom of long description.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 3/26/2017 6:58:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMVB0R
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
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Long Description:

County of cemetery: Saline County
Location of cemetery: Eldorado-Raleigh Rd & Wolf Creek Rd., Eldorado
Number of graves: 3,620
Cemetery established: circa 1830

" Wolf Creek Primitive Baptist Church was organized sometime before 1830. The first meetings were held in the brown blockhouse which was located where the flagpole now stands which was on the Kaskaskia Trail, the vestiges of which can be seen running from the southeast to the west. Trails were narrow for a single horse pulling sleds and people on foot. When they widened to accommodate wagons, they were called trace. The first church was a log structure located at the top of the hill. The present church was constructed in 1901. Worship services with singing are much the same as they were in pioneer times. "Shaped Note" singing is practiced primitive (or regular) Baptists Articles of faith adhere to strict rules of interpretation from the Bible using it alone as the only rule of faith and order. Worldly adornments such as Sunday Schools, collections, mechanical music, and a paid ministry is not practiced. This simplicity is viewed as reflective of the beauty which Christ gave His church at the very beginning.

New Hope Primitive Baptist Church was combined with Wolf Creek in 2003. The bell is from the New Hope Church. When some bells were cast, silver dollars were thrown into the molten metal to give the finished product a distinctive tone. Just tap it lightly with your knuckles." ~ Marker text: Saline County Historical Society, Saline County Tourism Bureau


[Slightly humorous side note: The name of this city was supposed to be Elder-Reado, for the founders of the city Judge Samuel Elder and Joseph Read. Later shortened to Elder-Redo. When the railroad came through the railroad workers (painter specifically) thought all the towns people were idiots and didn't know how to spell so they repainted all the signs Eldorado, correcting what they believed as a mistake. So today the town's name is Eldorado.]

City, Town, or Parish / State / Country: Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois

Approximate number of graves: 3,620

Cemetery Status: Active

Cemetery Website: [Web Link]

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