The pioneer cemetery on Logansport's north side was once shrouded in weeds.

But two Boy Scouts are working to clean it up and add some amenities to preserve the local piece of history.

A monolith over 10 feet tall marks Gen. Walter Wilson's 1838 grave site on the southern edge of Huston Park. Wilson was one of the first farmers in Cass County, according to an essay by Richard B. Copeland at the Cass County Historical Society.

Before settling in the area, Wilson fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe against Shawnee warriors opposing the expansion of American settlers.

Several other gravestones mark the graves of Wilson's wife and children.

Luke Fincher, 16, and Wesley Grandstaff, 15, both of Logansport and local Boy Scout Troop 200, are working to improve the cemetery for their Eagle Scout project.

Wesley's father, Scott Grandstaff, said he discovered the cemetery several years ago while geocaching, a kind of scavenger hunt that involves GPS coordinates.

Learning of the cemetery's condition made the scouts want to clean it up, Luke said.

"He's part of a piece of our local history," Luke said of Wilson. "We found his grave site was overgrown and abandoned and it was just a disgrace to his name. He contributed to us. We got to give him what he deserves."

Wesley agreed.

"It's just not right for someone that served," he said.

Luke said they started fundraising for the project in 2015. They've been keeping the weeds down and plan to put up a fence around the plot, clean grave markers and have a concrete path paved to the cemetery from Huston Park's trail.

They also hired Toledo-based Ground Penetrating Radar Systems to determine exactly where the graves are.

Joel Eckert, a project manager with GPRS out of Indianapolis, pushed what he called "a modified baby stroller with an antenna on it" up and down the cemetery grounds Thursday afternoon, June 29.

The equipment shoots radar down into the ground in a cone shape before relaying the findings to the monitor in front of him, Eckert explained.

"If I'm going over utilities or an underground storage tank, it just lights up like a Christmas tree," he said.

The Wilson cemetery was his first grave locate, he said.

"Grave sites are a little difficult," he continued. "You got to look for differences in the soil, a trench pattern where people dug down, and with them being wooden boxes, they're not going to have the best signal ever."

Eckert said the majority of his findings consisted of roots, but added there were indications of graves in two locations in the cemetery.

The radar information confirmed they'll be able to remove a stump on the grounds and put a fence up on the perimeter, Scott said.

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