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Can railroad tracks at 30th and Wismann Lane be repaired?

A freight train sits in the railroad crossing at North 30th and Wismann Lane in this Dec. 29, 2018, file photo. The BNSF crossing was closed for part of September for crossing repairs. | H-W File Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 5, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Oct. 5, 2019 12:05 am

The railroad tracks at 30th and Wismann Lane are very rough and uneven. At times there have been curled pieces of metal track sticking up. This crossing has been repaired in the past and always seems to deteriorate over a short time. The railroad crossing at 24th street is very smooth and has remained in good condition for a long time. Can a lasting repair be made to the railroad crossing at 30th and Wismann Lane to make it smooth?

We've noted before that the railroad that owns the line is BNSF, and it is responsible for the track maintenance.

Last month, crews shut down the crossing for several days, and it appears it was for repairs.

One item that was mentioned in a previous column is that vehicles cross the tracks at an angle instead of head on, so each tire will hit the tracks at different times. It might seem a little bumpier for that reason.

Last week, we explored whether Quincy had ever had a paupers cemetery.

We had two readers reach out to us this week regarding the question on whether there was ever a paupers cemetery in Quincy. They said that Graceland Cemetery along Maine had a potter's field where unmarked burials took place.

One reader said his grandparents had a farm at 36th and Jersey, now home to a business subdivision. The back half of the farm on the north side bordered Graceland Cemetery.

"Paupers cemetery was about 200 to 300 yards east of the farm adjacent to the cemetery," he wrote. "It was rectangle in shape and about an acre in size. It was not well maintained, but had some nice walnut trees and was part of my hunting ground when I was a kid."

The other reader said during his "hand gravedigging days" he would have to assist in opening a grave at Graceland Cemetery.

"An oldtimer I worked with said Graceland had a section up behind the memorial section, south of the Christus statue, that was an unmarked pauper section," he wrote.

In a 1981 piece for The Herald-Whig, Quincy historian Carl Landrum wrote that a petition was filed in Adams County Circuit Court in April 1964 for a court order authorizing moving bodies in Graceland Cemetery's potter's field to a location in the northeast corner of the cemetery. In December 1958, the county agreed to sell a portion of the potter's field to Elwood and Anita Lavery who planned to build a subdivision at the east end of the cemetery tract.

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