Mount Calvary Cemetery (Davenport, Iowa)

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Mount Calvary Cemetery
Crucifix Mt. Calvary Davenport, Iowa.jpg
Year established 1850s
Location 804 E. 39th St.
Davenport, Iowa
Country United States
Coordinates 41°33′48″N 90°33′51″W / 41.56337°N 90.56403°W / 41.56337; -90.56403Coordinates: 41°33′48″N 90°33′51″W / 41.56337°N 90.56403°W / 41.56337; -90.56403
Type Catholic
Owned by Diocese of Davenport
Find a Grave Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery
The Political Graveyard Scott County, Iowa

Mount Calvary Cemetery is located in north-central Davenport, Iowa, United States. It was established as St. Marguerite’s Cemetery in the 1850s on 20 acres (8.1 ha) of property donated by Antoine LeClaire.[1][2] At the time the cemetery lay outside the city of Davenport. Mount Calvary is in a section of the city that includes three other cemeteries: Davenport Memorial Park, Pine Hill, and Mount Nebo, which is behind Pine Hill.

The first cemetery operated by the Catholic Church in Davenport was St. Mary's Cemetery in the west end. Bishop Mathias Loras of Dubuque bought that property on January 17, 1849 from Judge G.C.R. Mitchell for $120.[3] The Mississippi and Missouri Railroad right of way was built through the southern section of the cemetery, and St. Mary's Church was erected on the property in 1867. Eventually the cemetery became too crowded and Holy Family Cemetery was established in the west end. St. Mary's Cemetery was discontinued and the graves were moved to either Holy Family and Mount Calvary in the early 1900s.[1]

Mount Calvary Cemetery contains the graves of the former bishops and priests of the Diocese of Davenport that surround a crucifix in the far end of the cemetery. Three of the bishops were initially interred in Sacred Heart Cathedral before being re-interred here in 1930.[4] It also contains sections for the Carmelite Nuns, the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the orphans from St. Vincent's Home.

Notable Burials[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Davenport Cemeteries". Davenport Public Library. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Chapter XX: Churches and Parishes". Scott County Iowa USGenWeb Project. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  3. ^ Smith, William L. "St. Mary's Cemetery Burials". Scott County Iowa USGenWeb Project. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Sacred Heart Cathedral". Retrieved 2011-04-02.