Saint Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Mount Mora Cemetery
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. 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
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
Location. 39° 46.473′ N, 94° 50.522′ W. Marker is in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan County. Marker is on Mount Mora Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located just inside the cemetery entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 824 Mount Mora Road, Saint Joseph MO 64501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Our Confederate Dead (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 (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 Saint Joseph.
Also see . . . History of Mount Mora Cemetery. (Submitted on June 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.