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Commerce City, Adams County
5201 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216
FAX (303) 293-2803
|Riverside Cemetery is the
Denver area's oldest existing cemetery. Twelve
early Denver area settlers first conceived the idea of a
private rural cemetery for the citizens of Denver and the
surrounding area. Three years after the city of
Denver acquired City Cemetery (formerly Mount Prospect
Cemetery) this dozen men met to hammer out papers of
incorporation and find a location for the new burial
site. Dr. John Morrison "offered to sell to
the incorporators one hundred sixty acres of land which
lay on the east bank of the South Plate River about four
miles downstream from Denver's business district."
The offer was accepted and the next day The
Denver Tribune reported,
"Denver will shortly be favored with a resting place
for the dead that cannot fail to be a credit to the
The Riverside Cemetery Association was officially incorporated on April 1, 1876 with a capital stock of $2,000 divided into twenty shares. Among the original twenty stockholders were:
The stockholders elected Benjamin F. Woodward, President and Henri R. Foster, Secretary.
Though Riverside fell on hard times a little over a century ago it can still claim the distinction of being the first beautifully landscaped and appointed cemetery in the Rocky Mountain West, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Riverside was acquired by the Fairmount Cemetery Association on January 10, 1900 and, though miles
Like an old grande dame of the Victorian age, Riverside shows the wear and tear of the years, but the beauty and integrity of times past still shines through.
Source: Halaas, David Fridtjof, Fairmount & Historic Colorado, (Denver, 1976), pages 24-27, 46
|This site is an attempt to
index as many Riverside Cemetery interments as possible
in one place. They will be collected from
various sources, not the least of which will be you, the
visitor to these pages. There are over 66,000
occupants. Please consider submitting to this
If you have ancestors, family,
or friends buried at Riverside Cemetery, please, send the
All Woodmen of the World names were contributed by Jim Davenport.
For veteran burials through 1949 see Interment.Net Riverside Cemetery (These were abstracted from the Colorado State Archives Colorado Veterans Grave Registrations 1862 - 1949)
Most records that indicate that the information is taken from "Funeral Notice, Rocky Mountain News" contributed by Rita Timm (Colorado Clues)
These records are here to assist researchers. The webmaster makes no claim of accuracy; primary records should be consulted whenever possible.
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