Jefferson County Historical Society

Home - Cemetery Transcriptions

Indian Gravesite

Kimmswick, MO

The Democrat, May 17, 1878

Booker Richardson of Kimmswick, while plowing for corn, ran into an old Indian grave, and on investigating, he unearthed a human skeleton, in a good state of preservation. The right arm of the skeleton held a well formed earthen jug, and a pipe was in its mouth. There were several other articles of earthenware, including a pot, all showing that the individual when placed in his grave was well supplied for his journey to the happy hunting grounds. We are informed that several other relics have been found in the vicinity. The graves have been noticed ever since the county was settled, but we believe this is the first time any effort has been made to ascertain their contents.