“Limb Of Unknown Child” Davenport’s Darkest Legend
Towns, cities, and states have their own myths, and legends. Davenport Iowa has one that many don't even know about.
One of the most persistent local legends in Davenport centers on Oakdale Cemetery on Eastern Avenue. In this cemetery is a special section where children from the Iowa Solders’ Orphans’ Home
Apparently if you go there on Halloween night you can here the cries, but there is another legend in that graveyard that has baffled people for years.
Inside the Iowa Solders' Orphans section there is a headstone found at the end of a very long row in Oakdale Memorial Gardens. The headstone reads:
“Limb of Unknown Child”
There is very little known about this grave, and some conflicting information which just makes this more strange. The limb is thought to be a boy’s leg.
When I went to the site no one knew for sure where it was rather just giving me vague directions, that lead me off the main path, and onto a dirt one.
According to the Davenport local library,
difference between the information in the interment records and the burial location. The limb is located in section T-E of the Orphans lot. But when the internment records were reviewed, the burial location is listed as T-F, or the next row up from T-E.*
Many have searched through countless newspaper records with nothing found, or mentioned. No cause of death has ever been discussed. The biggest question is "Why."
Why Name it this?
Why bury a limb?
Why no date?
These are questions we will be asking for a long time that may never be discovered, but this remains an iconic local legend and mystery in Davenport Iowa.
There is also another grave only a few feet away called "Baby Boy Fear." Just another strange name in a tragic place.
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