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#101 18shortcreek

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 12:57 AM

What's all the excitement about this now?

 

I believe it was covered very thoroughly in 2011.  I do find all the info interesting and seriously believe there may be bodies down there, but if you think about it....if you start digging around downtown Jeff in the west end you may find a body or bodies  in anyone's back yard.   It was the habit of the very first settlers to bury their loved one(and maybe not so loved ones) on their property.  Few, if any, church yard cemeteries were even built and bodies had to be disposed of soon after death, especially in the summer.

If you find this interesting historically, read it and you will learn a lot about Jeff in the very early years.   I do not mean to be dis- respectful of the whole situation but it is what it is.


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 11:10 AM

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It looks like the site investigation
has been expensive, thorough, professionally done,
and has only revealed  the possibility of some additional minor anomalities.
 

When the new Rose Hill School was constructed,

which was in the very early sixties,

there was significant input from long time local residents,

historians, interested persons, the city administration,

the Federal urban renewal department, and other groups.

 

Kempf Construction built the new Rose Hill School and they had a specialty company

relocate many graves. There was an effort that not only included

the exact footprint of the school lot but the area of the ball field,

play area, former residential lots, etc.

They wanted to be thorough.

 

When The Kennedy Bridge and attendant I-65 construction

occurred around 1963 and there was nearby clearance,

research done on the area as well.

 

The feeling by the persons involved at the time

of these activities in the early 1960's

was that there were no graves remaining.

 

The current thorough research only shows

some minor potential anomalities.

 

It is is apparent that  the ground radar and other extensive professional

investigations  have revealed nothing to intelligently impede the usage

of the site for modern day economic activities  

for the benefit of Jeffersonville's residents.

 

A thoughtful memorial created by Col. Kossa

and the City of Jeffersonville is in already in place

to honor and commemorate the site.


Edited by Savile Row, 17 January 2016 - 11:39 AM.


#103 RiverFox

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 03:25 PM

What's all the excitement about this now?

 

I believe it was covered very thoroughly in 2011.  I do find all the info interesting and seriously believe there may be bodies down there, but if you think about it....if you start digging around downtown Jeff in the west end you may find a body or bodies  in anyone's back yard.   It was the habit of the very first settlers to bury their loved one(and maybe not so loved ones) on their property.  Few, if any, church yard cemeteries were even built and bodies had to be disposed of soon after death, especially in the summer.

If you find this interesting historically, read it and you will learn a lot about Jeff in the very early years.   I do not mean to be dis- respectful of the whole situation but it is what it is.

No excitement. I found it, I posted it. 

 

And yes, there are almost certainly remains still scattered near Fort Street and the river. 

It's all pretty academic now.






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