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Oakdale Memorial Gardens was founded as Oakdale Cemetery in 1856. The grounds were designed by Captain George F. de la Roche to conform to the natural landscape of rolling hills along Duck Creek. The first recorded burial was in September 1857, though early record keeping was spotty, so burials likely went unrecorded before that time. Many graves were moved to Oakdale from the overcrowded Davenport City Cemetery. During the Civil War, soldiers who died during training at the many camps in Scott County, as well as local soldiers killed in battle, were buried at Oakdale. Around 1888, the remains of 160 of these soldiers were moved to Rock Island and Keokuk National Cemeteries. Starting at 40 acres in 1856, the cemetery has grown to 78.1 acres as of 2014. It is located in east-central Davenport, along Eastern Avenue south of Kimberly Road (US Hwy 6) and north of Locust Street. The office, located just inside the front gate, is open from 9am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, and has a computerized record system. Oakdale also offers pet burial and cremation services as Love of Animals Petland. As of May 2014, there are over 24,000 interments at Oakdale, with room for as many more.