The map and burial records of the Salt Lake City Cemetery (Utah) are now on NAMES IN STONE! With over 110,000 burials, this cemetery brings the total number of cemeteries on the website to 201, with 828,198 graves.
The Salt Lake City Cemetery is a great addition to the website. As the largest municipal cemetery in the United States, it is also a cemetery of historical significance to people in Utah and all around the country.
Interesting Facts about the Salt Lake City Cemetery
- The first known burial was September 27, 1847, and was a child named Mary M. Wallace. Her father became the cemetery's first sexton.
- The "Great Salt Lake City" was incorporated in January of 1851, and twenty original acres officially became the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
- The cemetery now covers 250 acres and has 9.5 miles of roads.
- In 1915, a contest was held to design the Cemetery Gate, located on "N" Street at 4th Avenue. Fredrick Hust was announced as the winner of the contest, but no one knows for sure if that's the design that really was used.
- In 1994, the Christmas Box Angel Monument was placed as a memorial to children that have passed away. Richard Paul Evans' book, The Christmas Box, inspired the monument to help parents who are seeking a place to grieve.
Notable and Notorious: What to Look for in the Salt Lake City Cemetery
- Graves of Civil War Veterans.
- Graves of Spanish American War Veterans.
- Strangers Plat, the graves of those who died enroute to the California Gold Fields.
- Graves of World War I and II Veterans.
- Grave of Mervyn Sharp Bennion, Medal of Honor recipient, who died at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
- Grave of Larry H. Miller, local businessman, philanthropist, and owner of the Utah Jazz professional basketball team.
- Grave of Hiram Bebee, reputed to be the Sundance Kid.
- Grave of Joseph A. (Jack) Slade, known as the Overland Stage Company's most feared enforcer.
- Emo's Grave, or the Jacob "Emo" Moritz monument, reputed to be one of the "creepiest places in Salt Lake City". Legend has it that if you walk around his grave three times while chanting "Emo, Emo, Emo", the face of Jacob Moritz will appear inside the window on the front of the monument.
- Grave of Franklin C. Wire, the inventor of the traffic light.
- Grave of Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television.
- Grave of Romania Pratt Penrose, the first professionally trained female doctor in Utah;.and the grave of Ellis R. Shipp, another early Utah female doctor, who delivered over 6000 babies and trained 500 midwives.
- The graves of many government notables, including Abraham O. Smoot and Daniel H. Wells, two former Salt Lake City mayors; U.S. Representative Wayne Owens; Nathan Elden Tanner, LDS Church Apostle and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada; J. Reuben Clark, LDS Church Apostle, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, and U.S. Undersecretary of State; and U.S. Senator William H. King.
- Graves of early and modern LDS notables, such as Wilford Woodruff, Orrin Porter Rockwell, Heber J. Grant, Joseph F. Smith, and Gordon B. Hinckley.
- Grave of Richard L. Evans, the voice of "Music and the Spoken Word" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 42 years.
(Be sure to visit both the Cemetery Source pages and the Community Source pages for the burial records. Many have headstone photos or other information added to the record on the community source page.)