Salt Lake City Cemetery

The northern section of the cemetery at night, looking towards Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake City Cemetery is a cemetery in northeastern Salt Lake City, Utah, United States,[1] that is one of the largest city-operated cemeteries in the United States.


The cemetery is located above 4th Avenue and east of N Street[2] in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Approximately 120,000 persons are buried in the cemetery. Many religious leaders and politicians, particularly many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) lie in the cemetery. It covers over 150 acres (0.61 km2)[2] and contains 9​12 miles of roads.


The first burial occurred on September 27, 1848,[3] when George Wallace buried his child, Mary Wallace. In 1849, George Wallace, Daniel H. Wells, and Joseph Heywood surveyed 20 acres (81,000 m2) at the same site for the area's burial grounds. In 1851, Salt Lake City was incorporated and the 20 acres (81,000 m2) officially became the Salt Lake City Cemetery with George Wallace as its first sexton.

The cemetery contains one British Commonwealth war grave, of a Canadian Army soldier of World War I.[4]

See alsoEdit



  • Arave, Lynn (19 May 1999), "SL Cemetery Is Alive with History - The Famous and the Humble Rest in Peace Together", Deseret News
  • Hilton, Linda K.; Andrus, Rob; Opfermann, Ben (1995), The Famous and Infamous: a guide to the Salt Lake City Cemetery (map), Salt Lake City: Mohawk Publishing, ISBN 0-9648578-0-4, OCLC 39385266
  • "Headstone at graves of George Wallace children". Salt Lake City: SLC Parks & Public Lands. Retrieved 8 October 2019.

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Coordinates: 40°46′38″N 111°51′32″W / 40.77722°N 111.85889°W / 40.77722; -111.85889