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West Street Cemetery (Defunct)
Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo County
Michigan  USA

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Donated to the people of the Township of Arcadia by Cyren & Mary Ann Burdick, recorded on December 4, 1833. The cemetery was Kalamazoo's first cemetery and used from 1833 until 1862. The cemetery was closed in 1862, probably, because it was filled to capacity. Between the years 1862 and 1884, the cemetery fell into disrepair. During 1884 and 1885, and through the year 1888 the cemetery was graded and seeded, trees removed, "unsightly" old gravestones sunk into the ground, walks added, the grade was raised, lighting, seats and a fountain was added, for the purpose of turning it into a park.

Beginning in 1862, about half of those buried in West Street Cemetery, were exhumed and relocated to either Riverside of Mountain Home Cemeteries.

The actual number of individuals still buried in the cemetery will never be known, but when the cemetery was converted to a park, 325 graves where platted, with 214 being recorded as "unknown."

The location is currently a park, South Westnedge Street Park, in the City of Kalamazoo.

Information taken from "The Southwest Street Cemetery of Kalamazoo" by Alexis A. Praus. Per the book...burial informaton taken from "Edward J. Stevens Biographical File" at the Kalamzoo Public Museum.
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