So, there’s a pet cemetery from 1910 on the South side

So, there’s a pet cemetery from 1910 on the South side

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File this one under “weird.” Did you know there is a private pet cemetery and monument on the South Side of Milwaukee?

It sits on a triangle of land on 12th and Bow Street. The obelisk-like, stone monument has a bronze plaque depicting a horse, the words “Erected by R.D. Whitehead” underneath.

The Whitehead monument at 16th and Bow in Milwaukee. Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo/OnMilwaukee.

On the other side, names of Whitehead’s horse, dogs, cats and birds are engraved in stone, and evidence suggests several of his pets are actually buried on site.

So who is Whitehead? Why did he commission this private monument in a public setting in 1910?

OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo shares the bizarre story with us on this outdoor edition of Urban Spelunking. Take a listen to the podcast, and go deeper in Bobby’s complete story at OnMilwaukee.

Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo/OnMilwaukee.
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