Salt Lake City Cemetery

The Salt Lake City Cemetery is in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. Approximately 120,000 persons are buried in the cemetery. Many religious leaders and politicians, particularly many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) lie in the cemetery. It encompasses over 250 acres (1.0 km2) and contains 91⁄2 miles of roads. It is the largest city-operated cemetery in the United States.

History

The first burial occurred on September 27, 1847, when George Wallace buried his child, Mary Wallace. The burial was two months after the Mormon pioneers had settled the Salt Lake Valley. In 1849, George Wallace, Daniel Wells, and Joseph Heywood surveyed 20 acres (81,000 m2) at the same site for the area's burial grounds. In 1851, Salt Lake City was incorporated and the 20 acres (81,000 m2) officially became the Salt Lake City Cemetery with George Wallace as its first sexton.

Plot shortage

As of July 1, 2006, prices for plots have been increased to $700. As of late 2006, only 4,300 cemetery plots remain unsold. Cemetery officials predict that the cemetery will be completely sold out in 10 to 15 years.

Notable burials

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