Kootenay Boundary Regional District
British Columbia Canada
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Phoenix Cemetery lies about 4 miles east of Greenwood, and about 3 miles west of Phoenix.
The Phoenix Cemetery was the burial grounds for the mining town of Phoenix British Columbia Canada. It was a booming copper mining community from the late 1890s until 1919. The town no longer exists today.
While the mines operated the residents experienced many hardships and deaths. It became apparent to the city that they needed a cemetery. The city Council received approval to open a city cemetery after a likely sight was approval in 1901. The first burial in the cemetery was in January of 1902. The last approved burial was in 1951.
A list of burials at Phoenix Cemetery was done by Lois Haggen in 1957. The list is now available in booklet form from the Boundary Historical Society. Lois transcribed headstone, looked at death records and scoured old newspapers from Phoenix to create her list. It is titled "List of known and probable burials at Phoenix Cemetery". At least two of the burials listed are known to be elsewhere.
To reach Phoenix Cemetery take Highway 3 to the town of Greenwood BC. Go to Phoenix road and turn East. Drive about 3 miles and the Cemetery will be on the South side of the road down a hillside. You will only be able to see a fence and the top portion of the cemetery.