1886, MONUMENT HILL BECOMES JOHN DUBOIS’ FINAL RESTING PLACE
Monument Hill, overlooking the Penn State DuBois Campus, has a history stretching back to May 5, 1886, the date of the death of John DuBois. The “Hill” is a single burial plot, which then looked down upon the DuBois Mansion. It is the resting place of John DuBois and later had a monument spire erected over the grave. DuBois had requested to be buried on the hill with his face toward the town.
The funeral procession was even larger, numbering over 1,500, with nearly 1,000 gathering at the grave site, and 250 people attending the burial service. Newspaper reports from the time reported the casket was encased in an underground tomb of brick and cement. The interest of the public in the area has declined over the years, but the memorial to the man who gave DuBois its name remains. – DAHS, INC