The Henry Shaw Mausoleum ~ Please read description


Marquand, United States

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This is the memorial sculpture inside the Mausoleum where Henry Shaw is buried in Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Missouri USA (Shaws Garden)
This image was not taken by me but is from the Library of Congress online collection. It is in the public domain because it was produced by the United States Government.

Henry Shaw was from Sheffield England where his family had steel manufacturing facilities. He moved to America and ended up in St. Louis Missouri where Henry sold the steel products from England. Sheffield steel products were some of the finest in the world. Henry Shaw amassed a large fortune with his hardware business in St. Louis during his twenty years of business there and became one of the largest land owners in the area.

Henry Shaw was a avid botanist and working with leading botanists from across the world, Shaw planned, funded and built what would become the Missouri Botanical Garden on the land around his home. As the garden became more extensive, Shaw decided to open it to the general public in 1859.

He gave the city a school and land for a hospital. He endowed Washington University’s School of Botany, and helped found the Missouri Historical Society. Shaw died in 1889 and is buried in a mausoleum surrounded by a grove of trees on the grounds of the gardens he founded.

Missouri Botanical Garden (Shaws Garden) is now know world wide as one of if not the premiere botanical gardens in the world. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education of international repute. It covers 79 acres of horticultural display. It includes a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden; the Climatron geodesic dome conservatory; a children’s garden, including a pioneer village; a playground; a fountain area and a water locking system, somewhat similar to the locking system at the Panama Canal; an Osage camp; and Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home as well as his Mausoleum.

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