South Bend City Cemetery, a 21.36-acre designed landscape is South Bend’s oldest cemetery, founded in 1832. City Cemetery is situated immediately west of the city’s downtown core, just northwest of the West Washington National Register District, added to the Register in 1975 and is about one mile southwest of the St. Joseph River. The trapezoid shaped site, a result of multiple expansions, contains approximately 14,800 burials. It is composed of lots that are of a regular grid pattern as well as an (1899) expansion of irregular and circular lots. These later meandering pathways, in response to the little topographic variation, were designed to provide a variety of changing vistas.
The style of City Cemetery ranges from municipal to lawn park and includes veterans’ sections and a potter’s field. Characteristic of the lawn park movement of the late 19th century, the cemetery site combines a variety of three-dimensional stone types, as well as a wide variety of tree species. Today surrounded by an urban neighborhood, City Cemetery is a unique representation of this cemetery type rarely seen in a rapidly developing urban setting.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Take a twilight tour of South Bend’s City Cemetery and explore historic grave sites and grave markers. The tour is conducted by Travis Childs, Director of Education. Meet at the cemetery’s entrance at West Colfax and Elm Streets. $2. This tour requires a fair amount of walking over uneven ground. The tour will not take place in case of inclement weather. No pets, please. Parking is limited.
Established in 1908, Riverview Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana is located near the historical marker La Salle’s Landing. Much of the grounds are located on a bluff above the St. Joseph River. The cemetery has 27 private mausoleums, more than any other in Indiana.
Riverview Cemetery offers cremation gardens, inside and outside niche banks, niche library in historical home, six mausoleums, three lawn crypt gardens, and traditional in-ground burial sections.
The cemetery is located in Portage Township on the east side of Portage Avenue at its intersection with Lathrop Street.
Indiana Cemetery Locations, Volume 3, published by the Indiana Genealogical Society (April 2007), gives the primary cemetery name as Riverview Cemetery.
The cemetery is listed in the Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and in the State Historical Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) with Cemetery Record Number CR-71-44 (Riverview).
The Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory (IHSSI) survey number for Riverview Cemetery is 141-598-02009 with the dataset compiled in 2006.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) feature ID for the cemetery is 452751 (Riverview Cemetery).
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