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Olathe Memorial Cemetery
Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas

738 N Chestnut St, Olathe, Johnson Co, KS

Lat: 38° 53' 46"N,, Lon: 94° 449' 02"W

Contributed by Linda Lewis, Jul 07, 2008, Last edited Jul 21, 2008 [webmaster@cottonhills.com]. Total records = 7,819.

From Kansas City, MO, take I35 South to exit 220 (119th St). Turn right on W 119th St. Continue on Northgate. Turn left on N Woodland Rd. Cemetery will be located on the SW corner of E Harold St and N Woodland Rd.

In 1865, Watts Beckwith set aside 10 acres of his land for a city cemetery to alleviate to crowding issue of the original city cemetery. The first burial was Elvira Beckwith, 1818-1865. A few years later a railroad was built that impacted the old city cemetery and the interred were relocated to this new city cemetery.

The city of Olathe grew, and in the 1970s Northgate Street was widened and inadvertently covered a portion of unmarked graves, potentially including those graves that were moved from the original cemetery. A memorial was unveiled April 27, 2008 with 76 names of those known from the original cemetery.

The north two-thirds of the cemetery, the oldest portion, is layed out in rectangular sections and blocks and raised block markers have recently been installed. The northeast side of the cemetery contains a potter's field and is the area impacted by street expansion.

The southern-most 1/3 of the cemetery was designed in circular and semi-circular patterns making row notations impossible. Other features in the southern-most section include a baby section, a Civil War Memorial dedicated in 1893, a World War I Memorial dedicated in 1926, a DAR Memorial dedicated May 13, 1934, and a small columbarium.

This is a complete transcription by reading and photographing the stones from April 2007 through June 2008 by Barb Mills, Carol Rollins and myself. Photos available upon request.

- Linda Lewis

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