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Maplewood in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Ramsey County Cemetery

 
 
Ramsey County Cemetery marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, July 23, 2019
1. Ramsey County Cemetery marker
Inscription.  Established in 1893 on the grounds of the county almshouse and poor farm, the Ramsey County Cemetery was a "Potter's Field" for indigent persons, the homeless, and patients at Ancker Hospital who died without friends or relatives to pay funeral costs. No provision was made to provide headstones and with few exceptions graves were unmarked. When the cemetery closed in 1923 there had been 2,991 recorded burials. Afterwards, the burial ground reverted to agricultural use as part of the poor farm. In 2001, the 2.45 acre site was designated a heritage park by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.

After the last burial in December, 1923, the old potter's field was quickly forgotten, except for one grave. Conrad Samuelson cared for the grave of his friend, Elmer Dahl, who had died in 1922. A makeshift memorial was built with old bricks and flowers and two spruce trees placed in the middle. When Samuelson died, he wished to be buried next to his friend. He was buried on June 29, 1936 at Elmhurst Cemetery.

Caption: Dairy herd at Ramsey County Home
Caption: Ramsey County Home
Caption: Gardening at Ramsey County Home
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Ramsey County Cemetery and marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, July 23, 2019
2. Ramsey County Cemetery and marker
Ramsey County Home dining hall
Caption: Duke Rana, Ramsey County Poor Farm resident
Caption: Katie Bloom, Ramsey County Poor Farm resident
Caption: Ramsey County Home barns and silos
Caption: Ramsey County Poor Farm residents playing pool
Caption: Storing hay in barn on Ramsey County Poor Farm (1935)
Caption: Ramsey County Home barber shop (1937)
 
Location. 45° 0.092′ N, 93° 1.468′ W. Marker is in Maplewood, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker can be reached from White Bear Avenue north of Frost Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the trail intersection in the middle of the cemetery site, which is just north of the horseshoe courts and the historic Ramsey County Poor Farm Barn. There is a parking lot at the horseshoe courts. The marker is also accessible from the north from the Gateway State Trail and the trail network around the Maplewood government complex. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Paul MN 55109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Building the "Skally" (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gladstone Savanna's Natural History (approx. 1.1 miles away); History in Depth (approx. 1.2 miles away); A History of Change (approx. 1.2 miles away); Destination Lake Phalen
1918 barn, only surviving building from the Ramsey County Poor Farm image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, September 8, 2017
3. 1918 barn, only surviving building from the Ramsey County Poor Farm
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Phalen Regional Park Waterfall (approx. 1.8 miles away); Frost Avenue (approx. 1.9 miles away); What Did They Do? (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maplewood.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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