Posted by Dandelion on April 14, 1999 at 11:57:39:
In Reply to: Re: Chicago Part One posted by THE JIMMY WHITLEY on April 14, 1999 at 09:43:07:
We checked www.findagrave, that is how we got the address. I posted an article months ago about blues sites in Chicago and the location of Muddy's grave, but the board got wiped out, and even though FPM saved it, he couldn't find it. While searching for it on the web, I came across the Find a Grave site. There was a little map of the area and the address and grave location, but the area map was very vague and general. I got on 294 south and made the mistake of asking a toll booth guy where to get off, and he gave me really screwy directions. I figured it was not right shortly after following them, so we looked for a gas station, which of course when you need one there aren't any for 4 miles. When we found one, no map, and no one had heard of the town even, but finally one person did, and told me it was in the direction I had figured it was. Then a hail storm broke out. After that, we tried to get back on the expressway, but no entrance going south, so I took Harlem Ave, which has a stop light every 10 feet. Once we got to the general location, it turns out there are several cemeteries on the same streets as Restvale, and no one around there knew anything about it, and a couple of guys didn't even know who Muddy was. Finally, after seeing all 10 of the other cemeteries (no one appears to live in Worth, they are all dead), we almost passed Restvale. It is a small place, and the address on the website is not quite right. 117th and Laramie is where it is.
I am surprised none of those blues organizations run by rich yuppies has bothered to buy some of these guys headstones.
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