Salt Lake City Cemetery
The Salt Lake City Cemetery is in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. Approximately 120,000 persons are buried in the cemetery. Many religious leaders and politicians, particularly many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) lie in the cemetery. It encompasses over 250 acres (1.0 km2) and contains 91⁄2 miles of roads. It is the largest city-operated cemetery in the United States.
The first burial occurred on September 27, 1847, when George Wallace buried his child, Mary Wallace. The burial was two months after the Mormon pioneers had settled the Salt Lake Valley. In 1849, George Wallace, Daniel H. Wells, and Joseph Heywood surveyed 20 acres (81,000 m2) at the same site for the area's burial grounds. In 1851, Salt Lake City was incorporated and the 20 acres (81,000 m2) officially became the Salt Lake City Cemetery with George Wallace as its first sexton.
As of July 1, 2009, prices for plots have increased to $1,044 for residents and $1,736 for non-residents. As of mid-2012, only 1,000 cemetery plots remain unsold. Cemetery officials predict that the cemetery will be completely sold out in 10 years.
- Arave, Lynn (1999-05-19), "S.L. Cemetery Is Alive with History The Famous and the Humble Rest in Peace Together", Deseret News
- Hilton, Linda K.; Andrus, Rob; Opfermann, Ben (1995), The Famous and Infamous: a guide to the Salt Lake City Cemetery (map), Salt Lake City: Mohawk Publishing, ISBN 0-9648578-0-4, OCLC 39385266
- Burke, Leann (July 19, 2013), "Salt Lake City Cemetery: Where Mormon history lives", The Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved 2013-08-16
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Salt Lake City Cemetery.|
- Official website
- Cemeteries & Burials, Heritage.utah.gov
- Salt Lake City Cemetery at Find A Grave
- Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Salt Lake County, Utah, The Political Graveyard
- Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) No. UT-2, "Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 N Street, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, UT", 12 photos, 10 data pages, 2 photo caption pages