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This cemetery is on the east side of Route 286 in the northern part of Saltsburg, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The cemetery is right behind River Hall which is a large "ballroom" beside the Saltsburg Fire Hall.
The cemetery is not at the top of the hill behind the fire hall like some people told me; it's on the steeply-sloping hillside directly behind River Hall, near the bottom of the hill. There is a pretty white fence behind River Hall. The cemetery is directly behind this fence. It actually appears that the fence was erected to hide the cemetery from view (for asthetic reasons).
To access this cemetery, park in the large gravel parking lot beside River Hall. Walk back to the white fence and walk behind the right side. Note that you will immediately see Creeping Myrtle (a ground cover planted long ago in cemeteries). I would recommend walking straight up the hill about 20 feet to get past the brush growing near the fence. Then turn left and walk 50 feet. You will start to see the headstones.
About 8 out of 10 of the visible headstones have fallen over. There are only about 20 that can be read or photographed. The old cemetery reading at "Treasures From The Past" on RootsWeb.com lists 50 individuals. I added memorials for all of these records.
My observations in the cemetery indicate that about 9 out of 10 gravestones are composed of marble. About 1 out of 10 are composed of sedimentary sandstone. I did not see a single granite gravestone.
The cemetery is in thick woods. There isn't a lot of brush in the area where the gravestones are found, but there is quite a lot of poison ivy, some of it even growing on the gravestones. As a result, this cemetery is best visited in early March.
There are no bronze ornaments, military markers, or flags. There is one large "sarcophagus" (Andrew McKee), but the lid has been removed and pushed aside.
Most of the gravestones face downhill (west). The slope on the hillside is fairly steep and would cause an access problem for some people.
[written by Alan Saltsman on May 1, 2009]