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St. Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Mount Mora Cemetery

Mount Mora Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., April 6, 2013
1. Mount Mora Cemetery Marker

On April 1, 1846, Simeon Kemper obtained a United States government patent for one hundred sixty acres at $1.25 per acre. Four years later, Kemper took two partners, Israel Landis and Reuben Middleton, who paid him almost $200 per acre for their share of 20 acres destined to become a cemetary [sic]. On February 22, 1851, the men received approval of the Articles of Incorporation for Mount Mora Cemetery; four days later, they placed this advertisement in The Saint Joseph Gazette:

"To the Public-the undersigned having purchased a lot of ground on the North West Corner of Mr. S. Kemper's farm within one mile of the Court house, propose fiting it up as a cemetery provided sufficient encouragement is given to the undertaking by the citizens of St. Joseph. It is our intention to lay it off in Blocks and Lots of all sizes, so as to suit purchasers. The ground will be enclosed in a short time with a good substantial board fence, and otherwise improved."

In 1873, W. Angelo Powell laid out Mount Mora Cemetery for $5,000. Powell, a prominent architect of the time, used the Rural Garden Cemetery design for Mount Mora.
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This form, new to the United States in 1831, is replicated in the cemetery's planned landscaping, magnificent mausoleums, aesthetic design of Mausoleum Row, and curvilinear roads following the natural contours of the land.

Giants of Saint Joseph commerce and industry, three Missouri governors, veterans of multiple wars, Pony Express riders, an English baronet, and individuals who strongly influenced the Westward Movement of the United States of America are among the thousands buried here.

Erected August 2004
Erected 2004.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1876.
Location. 39° 46.473′ N, 94° 50.522′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan County. Marker is on Mount Mora Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located just inside the cemetery entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 824 Mount Mora Road, Saint Joseph MO 64501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); David Johnson Heaton (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Mitchelhill (about 600 feet away); No Turning Back
Mount Mora Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., April 6, 2013
2. Mount Mora Cemetery and Marker
(approx. half a mile away); Peace Officers Memorial (approx. half a mile away); SPC Edward "Eddie" Lee Myers (approx. half a mile away); SPC Joshua James "Josh" Munger (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
Also see . . .  History of Mount Mora Cemetery. (Submitted on June 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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