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June 18, 2021

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It was once a cemetery

Work on Jefferson Street this week moved across land once part of the Shannon Cemetery. The area where sidewalks are being removed borders and is close to potential unmarked graves of early settlers. In 1887 Jefferson Street was extended to Main Street and the street was routed and “cut thru” one corner of the cemetery making it necessary to move 19 graves. In that era, graves were often no deeper than two feet.