Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Omaha)


Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Omaha)

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, also known as Forest Lawn Cemetery, is located at 7909 Mormon Bridge Road in Omaha, Nebraska. It was established in 1885 when the Forest Lawn Cemetery Association was donated convert|100|acre|km2 in northwest of the city. In 1886, the first internment in the Cemetery was the donor of the land, John H. Brackin. Forest Lawn is Omaha's largest cemetery. Forest Lawn is the location where many of Omaha's second generation of leadership is buried. [Dawes, M. (2007) [http://www.steveandmarta.com/graveyards/forest_lawn/forest_celebrities.htm Forest Lawn celebrities.] SteveandMarta.com. Retrieved 7/7/07.]

History

Before Forest Lawn Cemetery was founded, the northwest corner of the property was used as a Potter's Field for poor people and people whose identities were not known. It was used from at least the 1880s through the 1960s.

The present area of convert|320|acre|km2 is designed according to a park-type plan, with rolling hills, forests and lawns. Historic Omaha family names are scattered throughout the cemetery, along with veterans from the Civil, Spanish American, and World Wars I and II, as well as Korea, Vietnam, Gulf and Iraq Wars. [(1985) [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/publish/markers/texts/forest_lawn_memorial_park.htm Forest Lawn Memorial Park] . Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 7/7/07.]

The G.A.R., the Freemasons, and the Omaha Typographical Union owned parts of Forest Lawn Cemetery, and part of Forest Lawn was made into a national soldiers' cemetery. Income from the land, as it is sold, continues to be used for protecting, preserving, and embellishing the cemetery. [(2006) [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/manuscripts/organize/forestlawn.htm Forest Lawn Cemetery (Omaha, Nebraska)] Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 7/7/07.]

Soon after Forest Lawn was opened, Omaha's pioneer burying place, the Prospect Hill Cemetery, stopped being used. Shortly thereafter Prospect Hill's owner, Byron Reed, sold it to Forest Lawn in the 1890s. [(nd) [http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SS/markers/287.html Historic Prospect Hill - Omaha's Pioneer Cemetery] . Nebraska Department of Education. Retrieved 7/7/07.] That Cemetery soon fell into disrepair, and was only redeemed in the 1980s.

Notable internments

* Howard Malcolm Baldrige
* James E. Boyd, Mayor of Omaha, Governor of Nebraska.
* Norris Brown
* Howard Homan Buffett, father of Warren Buffett
* Hugh Alfred Butler
* Harry Buffington Coffee
* Tom Dennison, Omaha political boss
* Experience Estabrook
* Gilbert Monell Hitchcock
* Robert Beecher Howell
* Albert Webb Jefferis
* Jesse Lowe, first mayor of Omaha.
* Charles Frederick Manderson
* David Henry Mercer
* Anne Ramsey, actress.
* Samuel Williams Reynolds
* Alvin Saunders

ee also

* History of Omaha
* List of cemeteries in Omaha

References

External links

* [http://www.forestlawnomaha.com/ Forest Lawn Memorial Park] website.
* [http://www.forestlawnomaha.com/FLOMAHAindexdisclaimer.html Name database] webpage.
* [http://hometown.aol.com/gromahagensoc/myhomepage/index.html Greater Omaha Genealogical Society] webpage.
* [http://www.forestlawnomaha.com/FLOmahaClickableMap2003.htm Map of Forest Lawn] .


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