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Beer barons, statesman, artists, entrepreneurs, pioneers in exploration and human rights advocates, are among the 87,000 who create the flowing mosaic of American culture in St. Louis and rest permanently at Bellefontaine Cemetery.
The 314-acre active cemetery displays picturesque landscapes via 14 miles of roads leading visitors to such notables as General William Clark, Adolphus Busch, Sara Teasdale, Thomas Hart Benton and William Burroughs.
Founded in 1849, Bellefontaine is the first rural cemetery west of the Mississippi, and one of the nation's finest examples of a garden cemetery. Bellefontaine reflects and represents the art, sculpture, history and legacy of St. Louis and its culture.
Taking two adjacent cemeteries together, Bellefontaine Cemetery & Calvary Cemetery, there is no place on earth where more Union and Confederate generals lie at rest is such close proximity—more generals who commanded armies during the American Civil War lie here than are buried at Arlington National Cemetery and West Point combined.
This cemetery holds 150 markers of soldiers who died during the Civil War. Each marker includes a brief account of where, when and how that soldier died.
Calvary Cemetery, in north St. Louis, is the second oldest cemetery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the largest in the state of Missouri. This cemetery contains the graves of Dred Scott; General William Tecumseh Sherman; playwright Tennessee Williams; and many noted persons identified with the beginning of St. Louis.
Taking two adjacent cemeteries together, Bellefontaine Cemetery & Calvary Cemetery, there is no place on earth where more Union and Confederate generals lie at rest in such close proximity; more generals who commanded armies during the American Civil War lie here than are buried at Arlington National Cemetery and West Point combined.
Established by an act of the Missouri General Assembly in 1849, Lexington's Machpelah Cemetery is one of Missouri’s oldest corporations in continuous existence.
Among those buried here are victims of the 1852 Saluda steamboat explosion; one of the founders of the Pony Express; and Civil War soldiers killed in the 1861 Battle of Lexington. Fascinating funerary monuments and ironwork from a local foundry.
A guide is available from the Lexington Tourism Bureau.
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood is a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Missouri Veterans Commission. The cemetery was formally dedicated on September 13, 2010. The property is situated on 229 beautiful acres, 25 of which are fully developed. Facilities include an attractive columbarium wall for the placement of cremated remains, a committal shelter, administrative and maintenance area, a fountain and paved walkways with benches.
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield is a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Missouri Veterans Commission. The first interment was conducted on 10 January 2000. Situated on 60 tranquil acres, the cemetery has an approximate capacity of 30,000 gravesites. The cemetery contains two attractive columbariums, for the placement of cremated remains.
Facilities include a committal shelter, administration and maintenance area, and paved walkways with benches.
The Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield conducted its first interment on September 29, 2003. The cemetery has a capacity of 27,000 gravesites. A shelter holds 800 niches for the interment of cremated remains.
The cemetery is located on 65 acres of the historically significant and scenic Crowley’s Ridge, in the bootheel of Missouri.
A small lake, which contains a lit fountain, is encircled by a walking path. Once an hour, a random song is heard from the carillon tower. Benches are located throughout the grounds.
Facilities include an administration building, with a reception area and public restrooms. An enclosed and heated committal shelter is used for interment services.
The cemetery shares a common entry way with the historical Stars and Stripes Military Newspaper Museum.
The Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Higginsville conducted its first interment on 10 January, 2000. The cemetery is located on 55 landscaped acres, in an attractive rural setting. The cemetery has an approximate capacity of 24,000 gravesites for our veterans and their spouses.
Facilities include an administration building with a reception area and public restrooms. An enclosed committal shelter is used for interment services. The cemetery includes a columbarium wall for those who choose cremation. A small lake, bordered by a walking path, is located in the center of the cemetery; benches are located throughout the property.
The State Veterans Cemetery at Jacksonville is situated on 117 contoured acres, including a 10-acre lake with a floating fountain. The first interment services were held on November 3, 2003.
The tranquility of this setting is enhanced by a carillon tower, which plays a different hymn each hour. The developed portion of the cemetery has 40,000 burial sites, along with the columbarium that has 800 niches for cremations.
Facilities include an administration building, maintenance facility, committal shelter for interment services, and a walking path with a bridge spanning the lake.
Established in 1851, Mount Mora is the oldest operating cemetery in St. Joseph. The boom years of the post Civil War period, known as St. Joseph's Golden Age, gave rise to the building of some of the country’s finest architectural tombs.
Mausoleum Row, near the main gate, reads like a who's who of St. Joseph's economic and social elite, vying against one another to build magnificent mausoleums.
Three Missouri governors are buried at Mount Mora: Robert M. Stewart, Willard P. Hall, and Silas Woodson. Also, Gen. M. Jeff Thompson, known as the Swamp Fox of the Confederacy, is buried there.
Mt. Memorial Cemetery, on the campus of William Jewell College, has been in continuous use since the early 1820s. This historical cemetery is associated with Westward Expansion, the settlement of Liberty and Clay County, and the Civil War. It retains a collection of artistic grave markers and monuments from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century.
There are more than 1,500 burial sites for veterans of wars dating from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War. This site was originally intended to be used as a burial site for Civil War soldiers from the surrounding area, with the first burial taking place in 1861.
This cemetery holds the distinction of being a final resting place for Federal and Confederate soldiers. Federal gravestones have a familiar arched top while the Confederate gravestones have a gabled angle top.
New Mt. Sinai Cemetery, founded in 1850, is the oldest existing Jewish cemetery in St. Louis and one of the oldest existing Jewish cemeteries west of the Mississippi River. Its historical significance and beautifully maintained grounds make it a popular place to visit.
You may print your tour narrative and detailed map from their website or stop by the cemetery office Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visitors can walk or drive to any or all of the 43 stops including the Community Mausoleum, the Veterans Memorial Garden and Monument, the original Chapel (1905), the House of Comfort (1916), and the burial sites of some of the most historically significant members of the St. Louis community. These include rabbis, cantors, philanthropists, business leaders, political figures, and veterans from every major conflict since the Mexican-American War in 1846.
Guided group tours of 15 or more can be arranged by calling New Mt. Sinai Cemetery office at 314-353-2540.
Heroes from all wars are buried in the Springfield National Cemetery, including a Revolutionary War soldier and hundreds of Civil War soldiers killed during the Battle of Pea Ridge, Battle of Wilson’s Creek and the Battle of Springfield. Several special monuments have been erected in memoriam to fallen heroes, the earliest of which was erected in 1888 in memory of General Nathaniel Lyon, who was killed at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.
Ste. Genevieve's Memorial Cemetery, established in 1787, includes the tombs and grave markers of the area’s earliest French pioneers as well as emigrants of German, Scottish and other heritages – slave, free and integrated spouses of African Americans and American Indians.
The cemetery was closed in 1880 after more than 3,500 persons were buried in this two block area. Notables include Dr. Lewis F. Linn, known as Missouri's Model Senator; Ferdinand Rozier, a business partner of John James Audubon; Jacques Guibourd, a French emigre who became one of the first judges after the Louisiana Purchase; Jean Baptist Vallé, named the first commandant by the new American government; a mass burial site for victims of an 1852 steamboat explosion; Joseph Hertich who founded a school near Ste. Genevieve named "The Asylum"; and the daughter of a Peoria Native American chief.
The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve has undertaken a restoration of this cemetery and annually presents its Missouri Humanities Council-award-winning Déjà vu Spirit Reunion there. Visitors to this event experience the stories of persons buried in the cemetery as they stroll through the cemetery on a lantern-lit tour. Proceeds from this event benefit the ongoing restoration efforts.
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