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Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Pioneer Cemetery

Established 1854

 
 
Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, June 28, 2009
1. Pioneer Cemetery Marker
Inscription. This Cemetery, known originally as Oread, was opened in 1854 by the New Englanders who founded Lawrence. Following burials in 1882, Oread fell into disuse. In 1928, the City of Lawrence changed the name to Pioneer Cemetery.

The marble obelisk near the center of the grounds is a monument to T. W. Barber, an Ohio abolitionist shot by pro-slavery men during the Wakarusa War in December 1855. Barber was memorialized by John Greenleaf Whittier in his poem, "Burial of Barber." Eighteen military headstones in the northern section mark graves of members of the 13th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry who died of typhoid in 1862.

The largest number of early burials occurred following Quantrill's Massacre at Lawrence on August 21, 1863. Most of these were re-interred in Lawrence's Oak Hill Cemetery. Gravestones of four victims still remain.

In 1953, The Kansas University Endowment Association assumed ownership, and in 1968, the cemetery was reopened.

Today, Pioneer is the final resting place for early settlers, soldiers of the Civil War, and faculty, staff and friends of The University of Kansas.
 
Location. 38° 57.189′ N, 95° 15.695′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker can be reached from Irving Hill Road 0.2
T.W. Barber Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, June 28, 2009
2. T.W. Barber Headstone
miles south of Ruppenthal Drive. Touch for map. Pioneer Cemetery is over the bridge from the dorms on Irving Hill Road and south of the parking lot for the Leid Center. Cross Irving Hill Road and walk towards the trees. This marker is is at the west entrance to the cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrence KS 66045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Unknown Dead (a few steps from this marker); Forrest "Phog" Clare Allen (approx. half a mile away); California and Oregon Trails Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. mile away); World War II Memorial Campanile (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Victory Eagle (approx. one mile away); The Castle Tea Room (approx. 1.4 miles away); South Park (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrence.
 
Also see . . .
1. Burial of Barber. Wikipedia link to the text of the poem "Burial of Barber" (Submitted on July 3, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

2. Campus Markers and Memorials Directory. This is the official University of Kansas link to the memorials on campus including Pioneer Cemetery. (Submitted on July 3, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

3. Civil War Archive - Wisconsin. This
Burial of Barber Poem marker - left side image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, June 28, 2009
3. Burial of Barber Poem marker - left side
There are two marble markers along the grave of T. W. Barber inscribed with Whittier's epic poem "Burial of Barber."
link shows the duty stations of the 13th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. (Submitted on July 3, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Additional keywords. Bleeding Kansas Lawrence Massacre
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCemeteries & Burial SitesPoliticsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Burial of Barber marker - right side image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, June 28, 2009
4. Burial of Barber marker - right side
There are two marble markers along the grave of T. W. Barber inscribed with Whittier's epic poem "Burial of Barber."
Walter Griswold Headstone image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, June 28, 2009
5. Walter Griswold Headstone
Walter Griswold was one of 4 victims of the Lawrence Massacre that are still interred in the Pioneer Cemetery.
Chester Hay image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, June 28, 2009
6. Chester Hay
Chaester Hay is 1 of 4 victims of the Lawrence Massacre still interred in the Pioneer Cemetery.
Unknown Civil War Dead Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, June 28, 2009
7. Unknown Civil War Dead Memorial
This obelisk was placed by the Lawrence GAR POST in 1906 to memorialize Unknown Union Civil War Dead.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,653 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 3, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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