As you may know, November 1st is generally recognized as All Saints Day, followed by All Soul’s Day on November 2nd. So in spirit of this holiday, I decided to venture into downtown’s cemetery, Woodland Cemetery and get some photos against the wonderful fall backdrop.
But before we get to the photo’s here’s a little history about Woodland Cemetery. First of all Woodland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Des Moines. It was founded in 1848, consists of over 65 acres and home to more than 85,000 graves. We saw gravestones dating back to the mid 1850s. Lot’s of Des Moines famous founders and leaders over the years can be found here.
If you are more interested in this cemetery, guided tours are available throughout the year, during good weather.
WHEN: The tours last about 1 hour 45 minutes and can be arranged by appointment. Call (515) 967-7708.
DONATIONS: Tax-deductible donations for restoration projects at Woodland Cemetery and its Catholic section, St. Ambrose Cemetery, can be sent to the office at 4909 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311.
Enjoy the photos!By Larry Bradshaw
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