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.