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Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pioneer Cemetery

 
 
Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
1. Pioneer Cemetery Marker
Inscription. South Westnedge Street Park is actually Kalamazoo’s first cemetery. The pioneer leader, Cyren Burdick, and his wife Mary Ann in 1833 donated this land as a common burial ground. From this time until 1862 hundreds of pioneer settlers were buried here in what was then known as South West Street Cemetery. Later an unknown number of bodies were removed to other cemeteries in the village. In 1884, after years of neglect, Kalamazoo’s pioneer cemetery was converted into a park.
 
Erected 1960 by Michigan Historical Commission and Kalamazoo City Commission. (Marker Number L10.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 16.848′ N, 85° 35.365′ W. Marker is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of S. Westnedge Avenue (State Highway 331) and Park Place, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the southwest corner of South Westnedge Park. Marker is in this post office area: Kalamazoo MI 49001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kalamazoo School Case (approx. ¼ mile away); Kalamazoo Celery (approx.
Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
2. Pioneer Cemetery Marker
Near the northeast corner of the intersection
of S. Westnedge Avenue (M-331 South) and Park Place
0.3 miles away); Kalamazoo College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Epaphroditus Ransom (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Women's Club in Michigan (approx. 0.6 miles away); South Street Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Kalamazoo Gazette (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lincoln at Kalamazoo (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kalamazoo.
 
Also see . . .  South Westnedge Park: Pioneer Cemetery and Urban Oak Opening. From the Kalamazoo Public Library. (Submitted on June 18, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
3. Pioneer Cemetery Marker
At the southwest corner of South Westnedge Park
South Westnedge Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
4. South Westnedge Park
View to east from across S. Westnedge Avenue
South Westnedge Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
5. South Westnedge Park
View to northeast
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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