Unearth Pleasant Grove Cemetery’s history on self-guided tour

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Sand artist Andrew Clemens is one of the notable people buried at McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery who is featured in a self-guided tour. Visitors can learn more throughout October. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


For the third year, a self-guided tour welcomes visitors to learn more about some of the notable people laid to rest in McGregor’s Pleasant Grove Cemetery.


McGregor resident Joe Brooks, who is involved with the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association and McGregor Historic Preservation Commission, spearheaded the tour. He researched dozens of individuals buried in the cemetery, then oversaw creation of signs containing information—and  often a photo—of each person. 


The signs are placed next to gravestones throughout the cemetery, and now total around 40.


Brooks said three new signs went up this year, one noting a Civil War soldier, one with information about Bergman’s Isle and another about Michael Klein, West McGregor mayor and brewery owner.


“There are so many others that could be added,” Brooks said.


Already among those featured are sand artist Andrew Clemens, architect Elias White Hale Jacobs and doctors Henry and Alice Clark.


“There’s a U.S. representative, McGregor mayors, early pioneers and businessmen, the first editor of the North Iowa Times, a congressional medal of honor winner,” Brooks shared. “A lot of historical figures are buried at Pleasant Grove, but some of them have been forgotten. Hopefully this brings to light that history.”


The self-guided tour will run through the end of October. A map can be found at each of the entrances to Pleasant Grove Cemetery, which is located at Eagle Drive and 138th Street.


“It’s set up so people can take their time. It’s a pleasant walk through the cemetery,” Brooks said.

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