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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Are there graves under Tropicana Field parking lots? Archaeologists want to find out

Thirty years ago, residents stepped forward when the city prepared to pave parking lots 1 and 2 for Tropicana Field.

They thought caskets were under those 12 acres on the corner of 16th Street South and spreading from Third Avenue South to Fifth Avenue South.

It was once the home to Oaklawn Cemetery, the city was told, and bodies were likely left behind when it was moved in the mid-20th century.

Oaklawn was adjacent to two other cemeteries. In 1976, human remains were unearthed from one of those properties during construction, years after the burial grounds were supposed to have been moved, bolstering the belief that bodies were also under the parking lot land.


But the land was paved without further investigation.

“More should have been done. It was the right thing to do,” said Louis Claudio, a self-proclaimed “avocational archaeologist.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 05, 2020 at 09:33 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: July 05, 2020 at 11:44 AM (#5961148)
Good premise for a Carl Hiaasen book.
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 05, 2020 at 12:33 PM (#5961157)
"In a room perhaps a third of the way along the suite he sat her in a rocking chair and brought real homemade dandelion wine in small neat glasses.
'I picked the dandelions in a cemetery, two years ago. Now the cemetery is gone. They took it out for the East San Narciso Freeway.'
...
"It's clearer now," he said, rather formal. "A few months ago it got quite cloudy. You see, in spring, when the dandelions begin to bloom again, the wine goes through a fermentation. As if they remembered."
No, thought Oedipa, sad. As if their home cemetery in some way still did exist, in a land where you could somehow walk, and not need the East San Narciso Freeway, and bones still could rest in peace, nourishing ghosts of dandelions, no one to plow them up. As if the dead really do persist, even in a bottle of wine."
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 05, 2020 at 03:51 PM (#5961196)
Fitting for a franchise that's a corpse, amiright...?!
   4. BrianBrianson Posted: July 05, 2020 at 04:05 PM (#5961200)
Digging up graves in a parking lot? This is how you get a monarchy back !
   5. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 05, 2020 at 04:09 PM (#5961202)
Might as well, it's not like the Tropicana Field parking lots are used for anything else.
   6. Boxkutter Posted: July 05, 2020 at 05:06 PM (#5961204)
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 05, 2020 at 10:18 PM (#5961228)
   8. John Northey Posted: July 06, 2020 at 03:02 AM (#5961238)
More people buried than watching games there most nights I suspect...even pre-COVID. OK, my humour is a bit dark.

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