for reading the very first email newsletter from Columbia Cemetery!
pretty proud of our history, so we're
starting things off with some little-known facts uncovered by Deb
Sheals, whose research secured the cemetery a spot on the National
Register of Historic Places. If you're a local history buff, the
cemetery's nomination is a must read. You can find it at www.ColumbiaCemetery.org.
Columbia Cemetery's almost 190-year-old history, people are
surprised to learn we're still a functioning cemetery with full burial
and cermation space available at affordable prices. Everyone is
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- The cemetery has
its origin in a common burying
ground established ca. 1821, and parts of the cemetery have been in
service as long as Columbia has been in existence.
- It was the
primary cemetery in the community from the
time the town was founded until well into the 20th century, and it is
still one of the largest cemeteries in the community.
- The Columbia
Cemetery Association, founded in 1853,
was the first private organization formed to buy and hold land for use
as a cemetery in Boone County, and the non-profit association has owned
and operated the cemetery ever since.
- It is the only
historic rural cemetery in the
- Rural cemeteries
are characterized by an emphasis on
nature and generally include planned landscapes with extensive
plantings and other features calculated to create a picturesque
- A headline
published in the local paper in 1922
claimed that the “Population of Graveyard is Equal to That of
Columbia.” The article boasted that “many
persons are buried there: state senators, supreme court judges
presidents of the University of Missouri, a president of Christian
College and of Stephens College, and acting governor Abraham J.
Williams.” The total number of graves in the cemetery at that
time was estimated to be 13,000.
more at www.ColumbiaCemetery.org.
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enjoyed this newsletter, stay tuned. Topics for upcoming editions
include the cemetery's historical connection with its next-door
neighbor, Grant Elementary School, and the opening of a new "scatter
garden" on the site of a former bandstand. (You didn't know the
cemetery ever had a bandstand, did you?)
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Tanja Patton, Superintendent
30 E. Broadway
Columbia, Mo., 65203
Did you know Columbia Cemetery has a tree
program? Lot owners
who wish to plant trees can take advantage of the cemetery’s
wholesale pricing on trees and labor. Once the tree is planted, the
cemetery will maintain the tree free of charge — forever.
great way to make a lasting improvement to the appearance of your part
of the cemetery and save money in the process. All expenses are tax
deductible. For information, contact board member Sabra
at (573) 443-1492.