No Final Rest In Potter’s Field



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The one I heard of...

Is mixed in with and below pleasant gardens in Brainerd. As was told to me by an early resident of Ridgeside; the hillside is one of the first paupers cemetery. Before Chattanooga expanded; beyond missionary ridge was way out from town. Far enough to wagon out all the unknowns and bury them. It was supposedly for the unknown civil war vets, slaves, town drunks, diseased and unwanted. There are no headstones across the hillside. Just divot after divot of sunken in graves. Early aerial photos show the roadbeds of pleasant gardens intertwined throughout the cemetery. There are scant few out of place headstones and markers as if filling in empty space(free)
That’s the story the old man passed on, who knows there it is.

Jared Broome 12 hours ago

John Doe

There is a John Doe from 1972 still unidentified in your area.

His remains were found in a cornfield. No DNA as he was buried in the Cofer Cemetery.

Todd Matthews 326 days ago

Grave marker

A friend of mines' birth mother is buried there. Is there a record of burials in the last 30 yrs. She passed away in 1988 and would like to know the location or her grave.

randy schmidt more than 2 years ago

Potter's Field

Thanks for the interesting article! If you happen to run across more information about the "cadaver express" going on at that time, I'd be interested to hear/read about it!

Chris more than 3 years ago

Potter's Field

Fantastic article! Thank you so much for such great details.

Heather more than 3 years ago


Thank you Heather. It was indeed a complex topic with many layers of information that I just couldn't cram in there. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

B Miller more than 3 years ago

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