Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lost and Long Ago Cemetery

Hamilton Cemetery, Germania Township, Todd County, Minnesota

Today the lost and long ago cemetery is marked by a simple granite marker. The roadside marker and cemetery is located on County #24, just west of the intersection of County #24 and County #11.

This cemetery is totally abandoned and overgrown. The only clue that this was once a cemetery is the marker placed in the ditch just off the county road. I was out looking for cemeteries for my students to transcribe and read about this one, so I went looking for it. Drove by a few times and then saw the marker. We got out and checked it out, no visible tombstones, there are some large overgrown lilac bushes, perhaps once placed on a grave. The ground is uneven with lots of big stones and rocks hidden and half buried. The corn fields seem to have taken over the land.  

I checked with the local historical society and this cemetery was once very large, but has been abandoned for decades.

There is a marker and it reads:

Hamilton Cemetery
First burial in 1885
Established in 1897

and used until 1910

Final resting place of a number of
Germania Township Pioneers
This memorial erected in honor of these individuals
By the Pioneer Old Timers 1967 

Earliest Burial: 1/1/1885

Latest Burial: 1/1/1910

1 comment:

  1. Rhonda . . . when you say "abandoned," does that imply that the bodies here were removed and re interred elsewhere, or do you suppose the remains are still here? Hope someone has records of at least, whom was buried here for the sake of researchers.