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Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Benton Avenue Cemetery

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
1. Benton Avenue Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Gold discoveries at Last Chance Gulch in 1864 brought a diverse population to the booming settlement of Helena. In 1870, Lewis and Clark County Commissioners established this ten-acre cemetery to serve the growing population. The first interments date to 1870. The historic road that borders the cemetery's east side, known as Benton Avenue, brought mourners and funeral processions from town. Benton Avenue became a convenient short-cut for lighter traffic off the main freighting routes and the Helena-Benton Road that entered town from North Main Street. Four simple quadrants divide the cemetery. Its central driveway is the original wagon road that led into the burial ground. Family plots dominate the southern half, outlined in stone curbing or wrought iron fencing. In 1872, the Masons purchased the northeast quadrant and most burials there have Masonic affiliations. The north west quadrant includes many unmarked graves, some of them unidentified reinterments from the city's first cemetery, the site of present-day Central School. Lewis and Clark County operated the cemetery from 1870 to 1922 when the Benton Avenue Cemetery Association incorporated
Benton Avenue Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
2. Benton Avenue Cemetery Marker
and acquired the deed from the county. Benton Avenue Cemetery achieved listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 46° 36.274′ N, 112° 2.49′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on North Benton Avenue near Centennial Trail, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1713 North Benton Avenue, Helena MT 59601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Temple Emanuel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Thomas Francis Meagher. (approx. 1.7 miles away); Montana Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building (approx. 1.7 miles away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. 1.8 miles away); East Helena Main Street Park (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Manlove Homestead (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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