IKEA construction workers find possible grave at building site

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Crews clearing land for a new IKEA store in St. Louis have found a large concrete vault.  Mayor Slay's Press Secretary  Maggie Craine says that the land was used as a cemetery in the late 1800's.  The concrete vault could also be an old water cistern.

The land the IKEA is being built on  was the Rock Springs Cemetery in 1833, and the first home of Calvary Cemetery by 1879.   St. Louis City says that all graves had been moved to Calvary's current location in North city.

Workers are removing the structure. Calvary Cemetery have agreed to take the vault if it turns out to be human remains.



  • Shaniqua Jefferson

    If it is a grave box, I hope the instructions for re-assembly of the person is included.

  • morrow

    The construction workers were surprise i bet, but the maps should have made mention of the grave finds when the Sarah street overpass in front of the grain elevator was demolished in the late 80’s or early 90’s. There was several caskets exposed when the wall holding up the bridge was torn down. There will be more. When these graves went in the ground, that area was considered the outskirts of the city and probably pretty wideredl

  • Christine Seckler Asher

    I worked in a building right at that intersection for over 10 years and remember when those caskets were found there in the 80’s – 90’s. I’m thinking before 1988. There initially was a huge deal made of the find and after a day or so there was a write up in the Post Dispatch also stating that the remains came from a cemetery dating from the 1800’s – and that those remains would be mapped and relocated. I’m guessing they didn’t do such a great job of mapping if this find was such a big surprise to those involved…

Comments are closed.