The property on North Jefferson was under contract to be sold to a ‘Telcom Hotel.’ After all, it was well located to the fiber lines. But the environmental report came back and said that the sight was ‘contaminated with….dead Presbyterians!” What?
You read it right! Apparently at the height of the Cholera epidemic in 1849, the sight was used as a mass grave for Presbyterians. If you are wondering, the afflicted Catholics were buried on the other side of the street! Further research showed that many of the remains had been relocated but the cost to relocate those remaining, ‘killed’ that deal! How much do you know about the epidemic that has been touted as ‘the worst year for the city of St. Louis?’ Yes, we didn’t know much about it either but for you history buffs, you can read more here.
See article at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/a-look-back-cholera-epidemic-hit-a-peak-here-in/article_f50b669f-a4c8-595b-bc6a-d3d9833ffc14.html