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Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines: A History (Landmarks)

Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines: A History (Landmarks)

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Publication Date: April 29th, 2024
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The Story Behind an Iconic Landmark: Woodland Cemetery Woodland Cemetery was founded in 1848, three years before Des Moines was incorporated as a city. One of the earliest Victorian "garden cemeteries," its oak tree-covered hills served as the city's first park. People could be buried at Woodland regardless of race, religion or income. Meet early pioneers like the Younkers, Tones and Neumanns, who immigrated here and started early businesses that withstood the test of time. Veterans from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War are buried here. Civil War brothers in arms, Black and white, Union and Confederate, lie side by side. Woodland Cemetery is also an official stop on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Woodland volunteers Mary Christopher and Mike Rowley reveal fascinating stories of these departed residents.