Near the Route 20 bridge over the Illinois Central Railroad tracks there is a small more or less, triangular patch of ground between the railroad tracks and Flansburg Rd. Hidden among the weeds is a solitary tombstone about which the children who attended nearby Flanburg School, used to speculate and imagine ghostly tales.The stone records that here lies the earthly remains of Baltus Levington who died Feb. 5, 1853 at the age of 39. The spot was once a part of the pioneer Levington's farm. No more than this is known.

The story is he always loved to watch the trains go by so he was buried near the rail road bed tracks.

The stone says Lenington not Levington as the history books says.






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