Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Omaha)

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Forest Lawn Memorial Park, also known as Forest Lawn Cemetery, is located at 7909 Mormon Bridge Road in Omaha, Nebraska. It was established in 1885 when the Forest Lawn Cemetery Association was donated 100 acres (0.40 km2) in northwest of the city. In 1886, the first interment in the cemetery was the donor of the land, John H. Brackin. Forest Lawn is Omaha's largest cemetery and the burial location of many of Omaha's second generation of leadership.[1]

History[edit]

Forest Lawn Sundial designed by John Carmichael at Sundial Sculptures

Before Forest Lawn Cemetery was founded, the northwest corner of the property was used as a Potter's Field for poor people and people whose identities were not known. It was used from at least the 1880s through the 1960s.

The present area of 320 acres (1.3 km2) is designed according to a park-type plan, with rolling hills, forests and lawns. Historic Omaha family names are scattered throughout the cemetery, along with veterans from the Civil, Spanish American, and World Wars I and II, as well as Korea, Vietnam, Gulf and Iraq Wars.[2]

The G.A.R., the Freemasons, and the Omaha Typographical Union owned parts of Forest Lawn Cemetery, and part of Forest Lawn was made into a national soldiers' cemetery. Income from the land, as it is sold, continues to be used for protecting, preserving, and embellishing the cemetery.[3]

Soon after Forest Lawn was opened, Omaha's pioneer burying place, Prospect Hill Cemetery, stopped being used. Shortly thereafter Prospect Hill's owner, Byron Reed, sold it to Forest Lawn in the 1890s.[4] That Cemetery soon fell into disrepair, and was only redeemed in the 1980s.

Notable interments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dawes, M. (2007) Forest Lawn celebrities. SteveandMarta.com. Retrieved 7/7/07.[dead link]
  2. ^ (1985) Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 7/7/07.
  3. ^ (2006) Forest Lawn Cemetery (Omaha, Nebraska) Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 7/7/07.
  4. ^ (nd) Historic Prospect Hill - Omaha's Pioneer Cemetery. Nebraska Department of Education. Retrieved 7/7/07.[dead link]

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Coordinates: 41°19′42″N 95°58′55″W / 41.32833°N 95.98194°W / 41.32833; -95.98194