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Denver, Denver County, Colorado
GPS: 39.792840, -104.961348
5201 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
Published: August 8, 2016
Total records: 69,000 (approx)
Riverside Cemetery is owned and maintained by Fairmount Cemetery Association.
Riverside Cemetery's main entrance is located in Denver County, while the rest of the cemetery is located in Adams County.
Riverside Cemetery originally was the property of the Riverside Cemetery Association from its founding in 1876 until 1900 when the association's assets were transferred to the Fairmount Cemetery Association (presently known as Fairmount Cemetery Company).
Originally, Riverside Cemetery was a popular interment choice for Denver's elite. The surrounding greenery and the banks of the South Platte River created ideal landscaping for visits. In the 1890s, the opening of the Burlington Railroad brought the industrialization of Denver. Many families chose to exhume the bodies of their loved ones and move them away from Riverside. Making matters worse, county governments from around the State of Colorado sent their poor and homeless dead to be buried at Riverside. Today, the neighborhood has become a largely industrial area. Very few people visit there, and the owner of the cemetery, Fairmount Cemetery Association, continues to lose money on the property.
Riverside's last burial occurred in July 2005.
Documents linked below are PDF files obtained from the Denver Public Library. They include date of burial, name of deceased, age, location of burial and some additional information.
- Riverside Cemetery Burial Register Index, 1876-1963 (1,380 pages, 31.9 MB)
Cemetery, African American Burials (138 pages, 748 KB)