Fairview Cemetery (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

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Fairview Cemetery
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Fairview Cemetery
Fairview Cemetery (Santa Fe, New Mexico) is located in New Mexico
Fairview Cemetery (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Fairview Cemetery (Santa Fe, New Mexico) is located in the US
Fairview Cemetery (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Location 1134 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°40′31″N 105°57′32″W / 35.6753°N 105.9590°W / 35.6753; -105.9590Coordinates: 35°40′31″N 105°57′32″W / 35.6753°N 105.9590°W / 35.6753; -105.9590
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1884 (1884)
Architectural style Pueblo
NRHP Reference # 04001517[1]
NMSRCP # 1873
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 20, 2005
Designated NMSRCP October 8, 2004

Fairview Cemetery is a graveyard in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was for many years the only non-Catholic cemetery in the city. There are roughly 3,700 people buried there. The graveyard is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

The graveyard was established in its current location during the 1880s by James T. Newhall and Preston H. Kuhn. As declared in the opening entry of the Fairview Cemetery Company minutes, "The necessity of having and maintaining a proper place for burial of the dead in the town of Santa Fe, N. M., being apparent, Mr. James T. Newhall and Mr. Preston H. Kuhn made an estimate of the amount that would be required for the purpose . . ." The oldest gravestones date to the 1860s, belonging to people who were originally buried in the Masonic and Odd Fellows graveyard which used to be in downtown Santa Fe. Most of these bodies were moved to Fairview during the period 1895 – 1901.

Many Santa Fe residents who were prominent in their day are interred at Fairview, including Gerald Cassidy (1869-1934), Thomas B. Catron (1840-1921), Maximilian Frost (1852-1909), Luis Gold (1820-1880), Joseph Hersch (1822-1901), Napolean Laughlin (1844-1924), Frank E. Mera, MD (1870-1970), Miguel Antonio Otero (1859-1944), John Pflueger (1864-1961), William J. Slaughter (1858-1905), Abraham Staab (1839-1913), Julia Staab (1844-1896), William Thornton (1843-1916), and Carlos Vierra (1876-1937). [2]

The Cemetery is now operated as a nonprofit organization by the Fairview Cemetery Preservation Association (FCPA). The FCPA holds its annual clean-up event in mid-May each year, followed by a general membership meeting. In early 2013, Fairview Cemetery staff oversaw construction of a cement wall several feet above and below grade to limit prairie dog intrusion into the Cemetery.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Fairview Cemetery Preservation Association

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