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Riverside Cemetery, founded in 1876, is Denver’s oldest operating cemetery and is designated as a national historic district. Located just two miles north of downtown in the center of an industrial area, Riverside is truly a unique cultural treasure that has been widely ignored for many years.

Many of Colorado’s most famous pioneers found their final resting place at Riverside, including Augusta Tabor, Barney and Julia Ford, Silas Soule, three territorial governors – John Evans, Samuel Elbert, and John Routt – and numerous mayors, entrepreneurs, and civic figures.

A wide range of cultures are represented at Riverside, including Russian Orthodox, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and African American. Riverside also hosts an official military cemetery, and is the permanent home of over 1,000 veterans from the civil war through the first gulf war. Three civil war Medal of Honor recipients are among those buried in the military cemetery.

The chapel at Riverside was designed by renowned Denver architect Frank Edbrooke. The statuary at Riverside is a document of 130 years of Colorado history; the imagery above the ground is every bit as compelling as the history under the ground. For instance, the Drake Cabin (pictured) is the limestone monument to Blackhawk Pioneer Lester Drake.


Riverside Cemetery, Augusta Tabor, Barney Ford, Silas Soule, John Evans, Samuel Elbert, John Routt, Frank Edbrooke, Lester Drake, Pioneers, Justina Ford


Riverside is the resting place to the first schoolteacher in Denver, O. J. Goldrick, who also wrote a very colorful description of the Flood of 1864. It’s a great place.

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Denver, CO 80216


303-293-2466 Visitors Center 303-322-3895 Fairmount Heritage Foundation


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