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Photo of Luther Parker Cemetery
Picture taken by Ward D. Williams JR.
Dedicated to Muskego's most illustrious pioneer and first European settler Luther Parker, who brought his wife Aletta and five children by horse and wagon in 1836. Luther was one of several responsible for secession of Waukesha County from Milwaukee County in 1846 and served in the Wisconsin legislature and the early Waukesha County Board. Mr. and Mrs. Parker were buried in the northwest corner of this cemetery. This cemetery, formerly called Durham Hill, was given to his earliest neighbors Levi Guild. The pioneer settlers of Muskego who settled in the Durham Hill area buried their dead among the native wild flowers and prairie grasses of this site. In order to keep this native prairie hearty and suppress woody plants and invasive weed species, controlled burns are used on an infrequent basis. This cemetery is officially recognized as a natural area. Please do not mow or otherwise damage the vegetation in respect for the natural setting in which the settlers buried their loved ones. Gravestones are most easily observed in late April and early May, after the Spring burning. This cemetery is owned and operated under the city of Muskego Parks and Recreation Department.



Added by: Theresa Williams
4/17/2006

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