The Milton Bradley Company may have never been founded if Lincoln hadn’t grown a beard. Before lithographer Milton Bradley launched his board game company, his most successful work was a portrait he’d drawn of a clean-shaven Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln grew his beard, Bradley’s illustration was no longer in demand, and his profits took a nose dive. To save his business, Bradley started making board games.
Final Resting Place:
171 Maple Street
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01105
Grave Location:Section 7, Bradley Family Plot
Grave Location Description
The cemetery entrance is at the intersection of Maple Street and Central Street in downtown Springfield. Note the entrance road looks like a driveway between two apartment buildings. There are two pillars with plaques that read “Springfield Cemetery” (the cemetery is NOT visible from the street).
As you make your way down Cemetery Road take the first right and make your way to the southern-most corner of the cemetery where the earliest graves are located (you should be able to see the intersection of Cedar Street and Pine Street just outside the cemetery fence). Park at the intersection of Division Avenue and Birch Avenue and Milton Bradley is resting about 50 feet off Division Avenue with two large shrubs surrounding his headstone.
WARNING: do not venture into this cemetery alone.
Grave Location GPS42.10074250420179, -72.57409168484408
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