This cemetery is rich in history as well as community pride. The founder of the local newspaper, Edmond Sun Times, is laid to rest here as well as most of the founding fathers of Edmond. The amazing headstones of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s are well groomed and cared for by the city of Edmond.
Even though the original iron gate entryway is no longer open as the city has made new entryways for the cemetery they still stand as a moment in Edmond’s history. The markers in the pictures above are from the 1800’s and are made of solid stone including the crosses. It is hard to imagine the labor that went into not only making these markers bit setting them!
The first children of Edmond, another reminder of the sacrifices made by families who chose to come west for the Oklahoma Land Run.
On a recent visit to my daughter’s house in OKC I ask if she would take me to a couple of cemeteries I had noticed previously when shopping in Edmond.
Memorial Park Cemetery was the first stop. The stone wall was intriguing to me. This cemetery is a mix of old world and new corporate cemetery. Dignity is the current owner and caretaker of this vast 175 acre cemetery. Yes , 175 acres. Dignity has preserved the classic buildings from the 1930’s while still providing for a variety of new that people expect.
Along with the stone wall the original chapel remains open and used when requested. The stone bell tower with reflecting pool is a piece of art and has a working bell in the tower. The ivy growing on one side of the bell tower makes you wonder if you haven’t stepped back in time.
The new funeral home has been built across the street which shows a respect for the original grounds and building. The staff was kind and willing to answer questions when I popped in on a Saturday.
This little cemetery located off of I-35 by the Kansas Coliseum is a reminder of the past and future meeting in time. The highway runs by the untouched country cemetery. It has had several names over time but is currently listed as Maple Grove Cemetery, Valley Center KS. Very few internments have taken place in the last century. The last record I could find was for 1965.