The City Cemetery began with the sale of five acres by Orin Hamlin to the Trustees of the Town of Peoria for $350 in 1839. The first lots of the Public Graveyard were sold in 1842 and the final interment took place in 1875. Officially the cemetery was closed in 1886 for public health reasons.
Actual numbers of those buried in the City Cemetery are unknown because the burial records have been lost, but there have been 388 documented reinterrements between 1857 and 1902 in the Springdale Cemetery of Peoria from the City Cemetery. Some reinterrements to other area cemeteries may have occurred, but at present none are known.
Currently the cemetery's site contains a single building, an historical landmark designated Carnegie Library owned by the Peoria Public Library that opened in 1911, and a city park owned by the City of Peoria.
Source: Peoria Public Library web site, June 2009.
GPS Coordinates: 40.68089, -89.61441
- Added: 25 Jun 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2311574
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