Spooky story from the Archives!
Did you know Bascom Hill was the site of Madison’s first cemetery - and that two bodies are still buried under the Lincoln statue terrace?
The statue, which was donated to the University in 1909, was moved closer to Bascom Hall in 1918. During construction of the terrace, workers found the remains of two men who had been buried in the cemetery nearly 80 years earlier - William Nelson died of typhoid in 1837 and Samuel Warren was struck by lightning while working on construction of the first Wisconsin state capitol in 1838. The bones were re-interred and are still there to this day, marked by grooves in the cement and two small brass plates. Check it out next time you’re at the top of Bascom Hill!
For more information about this photo or UW-Madison campus history, visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu.
Posted by Molly Temple for UW Archives.