Benton Cemetery #1

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Benton Cemetery #1

Also known as Arkansas State Hospital Cemetery

Location
Haskell, Saline County, Arkansas, USA
Memorials 57 added (79% photographed)

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Benton #1 in the approximate vicinity of Mount Harmony Cemetery.

Benton #1 is the final resting place of some former patients of the Arkansas State Hospital, the Arkansas Medical Research Center, the State of Arkansas/Benton Health Service Center, as well as family of those interred here, who wish to be placed on the same ground as their loved ones.

The Arkansas State Hospital Cemetery in Little Rock dates back to 1882 and has been moved several times. Graves were disinterred and moved to West Little Rock and subsequently disinterred from that location to the Haskell area. A plaque and statue honoring the former patients of ASH remains on the grounds of the new government buildings on Natural Resource Drive in West Little Rock.


The current cemetery is comprised of 35 rows, with as many as 45 plots in each row. Based on the Arkansas State Hospital Cemetery Book and Site Survey compiled by Flossie McMurray in the early 1980s, there are well over 1000 individuals buried at Benton #1, some in individual graves and others in group graves ranging from 6 to as many as 30 or more. As of 2010, transport records which occasionally include identification of the deceased and the cemetery and/or institution from which their remains were shipped, exist for a handful of years. Based on the known populations at the Arkansas State Hospital, and myriad families seeking information about their family members who have been documented to have passed away in the institution, many bodies and records remain unaccounted for.



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GPS Coordinates: 34.5165020, -92.6488580

  • Added: 13 Nov 2010
  • Find a Grave Cemetery: #2377660