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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Historic Riverdale Cemetery

 
 
Historic Riverdale Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
1. Historic Riverdale Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Side 1:
In 1890, availability of lots at Linwood Cemetery, the oldest institution of the Columbus city government, was becoming scarce. At that time, the city acquired additional property on 10th Avenue which became Riverdale Cemetery. The brick building near the entrance, erected in 1915, originally included a chapel, housing for the city sexton and a bell tower atop an arched passageway for funeral processions. Many citizens who have contributed significantly to the development and history of Columbus are buried here.

Side 2:
Through the years, special sections have been marked at the cemetery, including the American Legion for veterans of the armed forces, a separate area for Spanish-American War veterans highlighted by a monument to the Maine, two sections for members of the Jewish community, and an area of miniature lots called “Baby Land”. In addition, a monument resembling a circus tent was placed by the Kennedy Circus in Section 1 to memorialize those killed in a 1915 accident involving a circus train from the Con T. Kennedy Shows and a Central of Georgia passenger train.
 
Erected 2008 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc. in Memory of Lawrence S. Rosenstrauch.
 
Location.
Historic Riverdale Cemetery Marker, Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
2. Historic Riverdale Cemetery Marker, Side 2
32° 26.941′ N, 84° 58.785′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on Victory Drive (U.S. 27) 0.1 miles south of 10th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located on the entrance road to Riverdale Cemetery, 50 yards off Victory Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Victory Drive, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jewish Section of Riverdale Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Moses Dallas: Confederate Naval Pilot/American Slave (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Siege Gun (about 600 feet away); Circus Train Wreck Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hero's Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Oglethorpe Meets the Indians at Coweta (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fourth Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mildred L. Terry Branch Library (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, Spanish-American
 
Historic Riverdale Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
3. Historic Riverdale Cemetery Marker
The Jewish Section of Riverdale Cemetery marker and the 1915 brick building are visible to the rear
Historic Riverdale Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
4. Historic Riverdale Cemetery Marker
The marker is to the right, the Jewish Section of Riverdale Cemetery marker is to the left, and the cemetery to the rear
Kennedy Circus monument in Historic Riverdale Cemetery image. Click for full size.
5. Kennedy Circus monument in Historic Riverdale Cemetery
Monument to the Maine in the Historic Riverdale Cemetery image. Click for full size.
April 25, 2015
6. Monument to the Maine in the Historic Riverdale Cemetery
The smaller marker at top reads "Philippine Islands, USA, Porto Rico, Cuba, Army Navy United, 1898-1902, Spanish War Veterans". The lower, larger marker reads, "In Memoriam, U.S.S. Maine destroyed in Havana harbor, February 15th 1898, This tablet is cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. Maine".
Historic Riverdale Cemetery 1915 Building image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
7. Historic Riverdale Cemetery 1915 Building
Historic Riverdale Cemetery 1915 Building from the rear image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2009
8. Historic Riverdale Cemetery 1915 Building from the rear
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,148 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on April 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 3, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   5. submitted on April 4, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   6. submitted on April 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   7, 8. submitted on October 3, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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