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

Benton Avenue Cemetery

 
 
Benton Avenue Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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
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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel T. Hauser Mansion (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alex C. Johnson Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); George Grossberg Residence (approx. 0.7 miles away); Palmquist Residence (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tatem-Young Residence (approx. ¾ mile away); Edward C. Babcock Mansion (approx. ¾ mile away); Western Life Insurance Company (approx. ¾ mile away); Tracy-Power Residence (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
Benton Avenue Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
2. Benton Avenue Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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