Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Historic Prospect Hill -- Omaha's Pioneer Cemetery
Founded in 1858 by Byron Reed, early Omaha real estate developer and financier, Prospect Hill is the final resting place for over 15,000 citizens. While burial permit #1 was issued for Territorial Legislator Alonzo Salisbury on October 4, 1858, many were already buried here in the Cedar Hills and Omaha City Cemeteries, parts of which are within today's Prospect Hill boundaries.
Many prominent Omahans lie here. They gave their names to Omaha streets, schools and churches, and to many Nebraska counties and towns. There are veterans from every American war beginning with the War of 1812. Also interred here are nearly 100 soldiers who died on active duty during the Civil War or while serving at Omaha Barracks (Fort Omaha) from 1863-1887.
In 1887, administrative affairs were taken over by Forest Lawn Cemetery. However, in the 1890's, lot owners formed an Association to operate Prospect Hill. It continues to function. Omaha's pioneer cemetery, Prospect Hill, remains an active cemetery as well as an historic site which chronicles the growth and development of Omaha and Nebraska.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1828.
Location. 41° 16.609′ N, 95° 57.613′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is near the cemetery office, near Parker and 32nd Streets. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3202 Parker Street, Omaha NE 68111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James M. Woolworth (within shouting distance of this marker); James G. Megeath (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andrew Jackson Poppleton (about 400 feet away); Johan and Sophia Ahmanson (about 500 feet away); William Davis Brown (about 500 feet away); Alfred Sorenson (about 500 feet away); John Wesley Nichols (about 600 feet away); Joseph Francis Bauman (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 666 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.