Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Union Cemetery was incorporated by the State of Missouri November 9, 1857 and the first interment was made in 1858. Many of the graves have been removed from earlier burying grounds whose capacities had been reduced by fatalities of the cholera epidemics of 1848-1851. The cemetery was the united project of of the citizens of Kansas City and Westport and so was called Union. The main entrance originally was midway on the toll road joining the towns, now Main Street. Here Lie, with their families, founders and builders of Kansas City, Union and Confederate soldiers from the Battle of Westport of 1864, and some who acquired national fame. On March 15, 1937, Kansas City accepted this hallowed ground as a park for rest and contemplation.
One hundred years ago this cemetery was opened by God fearing pioneer citizens of Kansas City and Westport and many of them are buried here. Our City was endowed and greatly enriched because they lived here. On behalf of this and future generations, we pay tribute to to their lives, sacrifices, and accomplishments
Erected 1957 by Native Sons of Kansas City.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kansas City - Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City series list.
Location. 39° 4.544′ N, 94° 35.026′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Cemetery Road and Warwick Trafficway, on the left when traveling east on Cemetery Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Gebhardt (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sisters of Saint Mary (about 500 feet away); Veterans Memorial Flag (about 500 feet away); Alexander Majors (about 700 feet away); Franklin Pierce Fisk (about 700 feet away); Col. William Miles Chick (about 800 feet away); Mary A. Barnett Hale Burial Place of Fifteen Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
Regarding The Cemetery. This is definitely a must-see cemetery if you are into history. Union Cemetery was one of the first cemeteries to embrace a park-like setting and it is a peaceful island in the midst of the bustle of the city.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Marker Listing for Native Sons & Daughters of Kansas City. The Native Sons & Daughters of Kansas City are dedicated to the recognition, preservation and restoration of the history of Kansas City according to their website. (Submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. Union Cemetery of Kansas City Website. This webiste features a brief history of Union Cemetery along with links to a "Walking Tour" and a short video. (Submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,287 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 14, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.