Old Lorimier Cemetery

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Old Lorimier Cemetery
Dedicatory plaque at the Old Lorimier Cemetery
Old Lorimier Cemetery is located in Missouri
Old Lorimier Cemetery
Location 500 N. Fountain, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Coordinates 37°18′43″N 89°31′13″W / 37.31194°N 89.52028°W / 37.31194; -89.52028
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1808 (1808)
NRHP Reference # 05001091[1]
Added to NRHP September 28, 2005

The Old Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri was established between 1806 and 1808 by Louis Lorimier.[2] The cemetery is located at 500 North Fountain Street overlooking the Mississippi River.[3] There are believed to be more than 6,500 graves in the cemetery, most of them unmarked. A sidewalk serves as a north – south dividing line in the cemetery. It is said that Catholics are buried on the south and Protestants are buried on the north.[4] The east slope is believed to be the burial grounds of African-American persons. It has been recorded that as many as 1,200 soldiers from the Civil War were buried there. The grave marker for the wife Louis Lorimier says "The Noblest Matron of the Shawnee race."[5][6][7]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Mo.), Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society (Jackson (1994-01-01). Burials in Old Lorimier Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, MO, 1806-1983. publisher not identified. 
  3. ^ Archibald, Robert (2004-01-01). The New Town Square: Museums and Communities in Transition. Rowman Altamira. ISBN 9780759102880. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Troy (2013-08-01). Big Book of Missouri Ghost Stories, The. Stackpole Books. ISBN 9780811711494. 
  5. ^ Earngey, Bill (1995-01-01). Missouri Roadsides: The Traveler's Companion. University of Missouri Press. ISBN 9780826210210. 
  6. ^ Christensen, Lawrence O.; Foley, William E.; Kremer, Gary (1999-10-01). Dictionary of Missouri Biography. University of Missouri Press. ISBN 9780826260161. 
  7. ^ Terri L. Foley and Brenda Schloss (February 2005). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Old Lorimier Cemetery" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2016-09-01.