By Heidi Glaus
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - They are the people streets and schools are named after.
"There's Campbell, Robert Campbell, the Campbell House, there's Ranken; like Ranken Jordan," Carol Shepley, author of Tales from Bellefontaine Cemetery, said.
Men who built St. Louis, business by business.
"James Yeatman is really the father of modern St. Louis. He was the founder of the Mercantile Library, the oldest continually operated public library west of the Mississippi," Shepley said .
The thing is all too often their stories are laid to rest when they are.
"That one with the little scroll that's Frederick Dent, it says died in the executive mansion because that's what the White House was called before it was called the White House," Shepley said.
Another memorable man buried here is William Beaumont, an army doctor who treated a gunshot victim with a hole in his stomach that never fully healed.
"For nine years he took a piece of silk and thread and lowered a piece of food into the hole three times a day and wrote down exactly what happened and he figured out the human digestion system," Shepley said.
There are other men like Henry Clay Pierce with impressive mausoleums.
"These stained glass windows are actually made by Lewis Comfort Tiffany so really masterpieces of world art," she said.
But who's life left less of an impression.
"When the income tax came in 1913 he didn't want to pay it, he thought that was for little people so he got in a little trouble that way too.
And then there's the tomb of Adolphus Busch; a place visitors can only peek into, but is actually swept out weekly.
"Lily put a trust in effect to take care of that. When she was still alive she sent her maid over twice a week to sweep it so it is meticulously maintained," Shepley said.
So if you think a trip to Bellefontaine Cemetery sounds creepy think again, it's actually a history lesson unlike any other.