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Not to be confused with the National Veteran's Cemetery.
The Orchard Mesa Cemetery has nine different sections which are very much like cemeteries themselves. They have signs and fences or borders around many of them. The nine cemeteries include: Municipal, Fair View, Ohr Shalom, St. Anthony, Calvary, Masonic, Odd Fellows, Veterans, Orchard Mesa. They are listed separately for Findagrave purposes.
Orchard Mesa Cemetery: 269 Road 26¼, mailing address, 250 N. Fifth St., 81501, 244-1550; contains sections devoted to specific groups.
Est.1898 - Veterans Cemetery is part of a group of many in Orchard Mesa, Colorado. (See Map Photo at right). All of the cemeteries are commonly refered to as Orchard Mesa Cemetery.
The Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for burials in, and the care and maintenance of, the cemeteries on Orchard Mesa. The City of Grand Junction purchased the Orchard Mesa Cemetery from the Bannister Furniture and Mortuary Company in 1922. The City then developed the Municipal Cemetery three years later on city owned land. In June of 1965, the city acquired the Masonic (established in 1898), Odd Fellows(established in 1898), and Calvary (established in 1906), cemeteries.
The city took possession of the Veterans Cemetery (established 1898), in 1978 and in 1982 acquired Veterans Crown Point Cemetery (established 1904). In 1992, the Ohr Shalom section of the cemetery was established for the orthodox and unorthodox burials of the city's Jewish citizens. In 1998, in response to the increasing demands for non-traditional services, a number of new sections in the existing cemeteries were developed in order to provide options for interment of remains. Block 5 of Municipal Cemetery includes a Cremation Garden, the Rose Scattering Garden, a columbarium, and the Memorial Tree Forest to provide options other than in-ground casket burial.