Antioch Cemetery

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Antioch Cemetery

Reno County, Kansas, USA
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Location: 1/2 mile south of the intersection of E. Silver Lake Road and Rayl Road in the southeast corner of Reno County. Note that Silver Lake Road is 61st Street North in Sedgwick County. Or travel about 2 1/2 miles north of the town of St. Joe/Ost on Rayl Road (E. Maple Grove Rd. and Rayl Rd.). The cemetery is on the east side of the road. It is one acre in size. Legal description is; the S. W. corner of the N. W. quarter of Section 14, T26, R4W. This property was deeded on December 27, 1884 to be used as a public burying ground by Henry Nichols and his wife Jane Nichols. Three men were set up as trustees at that time; F. T. McCollum, James M. Ranson and Frank McKay. According to the headstone inscriptions, the last known burial here had been Levi Tedman in 1895. That is, until Ruth Ann Neuway, the first burial there in 120 years. For a number of years this cemetery had become overgrown and tragically became a trash dump. Local resident Keith L. Neuway noticed what appeared to be the top of a headstone and soon realized this was actually a small cemetery. Not waiting for permission, Keith started hauling away the trash. He soon led an effort that cleaned up all the trash, found and repaired the headstones and informed everyone that this was a cemetery, not a dump. Keith's cleanup and restoration of this cemetery was covered in a newspaper article by noted photo-journalist Larry Hatteberg. Our thanks to Keith for saving this local history, insuring the memories of these people will live on.


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GPS Coordinates: 37.78505, -97.736

  • Added: 24 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2273574