Main Street Cemetery


Take a tour of Downers Grove's Main Street Cemetery

View the cemetery as an interactive map or click to search those resting at the cemetery via an alphabeltical list. Individual pages feature headstone photos, portraits and their personal biographies. Several have audio files where you can listen to the stories about the lives of these early Downers Grove settlers. (Look for audio icons on the map)

In 1856, Samuel Curtiss donated part of his sheep pasture for use as a cemetery. He was later paid $15 for the land, money from individuals who formed a cemetery association in 1864. Nearly 100 members of Downers Grove's early families, including Israel Blackburn, a freedman, and members of the Blanchard, Curtiss and Wells families are buried here. The cemetery was used until 1939 when Emma Foster Miller was the last to be interred. It is one of the few American cemeteries located in a main business district.