Eel River Township, Hendricks County, Indiana
NE ¼ of Sec 4 and NW ¼ of Sec 3, T16N R2W
Visited June 28, 2005 and December 29. 2008
Turn down the drive just north of the Fairview Cemetery entrance. Follow
this drive until it starts to go up a hill to a barn. From here, walk
northeast along the base of the hill, following the well-worn four-wheeler
tracks. Follow the tracks over a small metal bridge that crosses a little
creek and then up the hill to the north where the cemetery is. Gravestones
can be seen from the base of the hill in the winter. The cemetery stretches
mostly east-west along the ridge between the small creek (south) and the
larger creek (north). Note: Be very careful when walking through this cemetery!
There are many large holes and depressions.
Approximate Corners (this contain all known graves and grave depressions):
NW: N39°51.702’ W86°38.086’
SE: N39°51.694’ W86°38.025’
N39°51.698’ W86°38.056’ or
This cemetery is not fenced, mowed or maintained. It is essentially destroyed.
Most stones are broken and fallen. Records show that this cemetery once
contained approximately 30 burials, though there were probably more since
this was North Salem's first cemetery. Some graves have been moved
to Fairview Cemetery but there are no good records on which graves were
moved and which remain and are just unmarked. At least 11 people on
the list have stones at Fairview (though that does not guarantee they are
interred there). Evidence of grave moving and vandalism are all over. There
are huge depressions in places where graves would have been. Four-wheeler
tracks run just feet from standing stones and are possibly going through
part of the cemetery.
Gravestones were found for 14 people. See
for individual photos.
Looking East Along the Ridge
Clump of Large Stack Stones
in the Middle of the Cemetery
Map of Cemetery Location