Monday, October 25, 2010

A 12-Pack Tour of Oshkosh’s Riverside Cemetery

With the Halloween season here, there’s no better time to visit Oshkosh’s incredible Riverside Cemetery. The cemetery was established in 1855 and even a short walk along its winding roads will turn up one familiar Oshkosh name after another. Lurking among those well-known names are the markers for the brewers and saloon keepers who made Oshkosh a hot-spot for good beer in the years before Prohibition.

To help us all get in touch with our beery roots, we’ve put together a self-guided tour of the Riverside Cemetery that stops for visits with 12 of Oshkosh’s beer giants of yore. Click on the link below to download a six-page PDF, which is filled with pictures and stories about Oshkosh’s beer-loving past along with directions for finding your way around the cemetery to locate each of the grave sites included in the tour. Happy haunting!

Thanks to Ginny Gross, whose popular Riverside Cemetery tours for the Oshkosh Public Museum provided the impetus for this tour.

A low-resolution, web-based version of the tour can be found HERE.


  1. Just read my way through the tour. WOW.. How interesting. Just waiting for a little bit nicer weather to actually walk it. Thanks so much. Joe Seibel Oshkosh.

  2. Thanks, guys. It truly is an amazing cemetery.

  3. Gottlieb Ecke is my 3rd Great Grandfather. Thanks for the information!

  4. Emilie, I've recently found out some more info on Gottlieb Ecke. I'll be posting it here soon. Any chance you have any pictures of him? Please send me an email, I'd like to ask you a couple questions. my email is: