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Located on West Main Street in Richmond, Missouri between Sunny Slope Cemetery on the west and Shotwell and Woodland Cemeteries on the east. Although old records and obituaries might call this cemetery "City Cemetery" or "Richmond City Cemetery", that is not the correct name. The correct name is "Richmond Cemetery." Richmond Cemetery has a separate entrance and exit north off West Main. See Ray County History, 1973 for a description. The Richmond City Cemetery was originally a twelve acre apple orchard belonging to William Price Hubbell. Later it was sold to Cornelius Vaughn and his wife Mary, who in turn sold it to a joint stock company for the use of a burial ground. It was purchased for the sum of $537.50, and was to be known as the Richmond City Cemetery. (Record Book 2, page 601) William A. Donaldson, was appointed trustee. Plots were laid out and a circular drive was made to accommodate the horse drawn hearses. Richmond Cemetery is where Gov. Austin A. King, David Whitmer (one of the three witnesses to the founding of the Book of Mormon), and Bob Ford (the man who killed Jessee James) are buried. In 1870, the state of Missouri, erected a monument to the seventh governor of the state, Austin A. King, when his body was removed from the family burial ground. Stones must have been moved from family cemeteries as there are listings many years before its establishment. Today the cemetery is maintained by donations and a trust fund.