Santa Fe National Cemetery

Santa Fe National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery in the city of Santa Fe, in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. It encompasses 78.6 acres (31.8 ha), and as of 2014, had 59,000 interments. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it is one of two national cemeteries in New Mexico (the other being Fort Bayard). It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

Santa Fe National Cemetery
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Santa Fe National Cemetery, 2008
Details
Established1870 (1870)
Location
CountryUnited States
Coordinates35°42′03″N 105°56′50″W / 35.70083°N 105.94722°W / 35.70083; -105.94722Coordinates: 35°42′03″N 105°56′50″W / 35.70083°N 105.94722°W / 35.70083; -105.94722
TypeUnited States National Cemetery
Owned byUS Department of Veterans Affairs
Size78.6 acres (31.8 ha)
No. of interments> 59,000
WebsiteOfficial
Find a GraveSanta Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe National Cemetery is located in New Mexico
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe National Cemetery is located in the United States
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Location501 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, New Mexico
Coordinates35°39′45″N 105°55′38″W / 35.66250°N 105.92722°W / 35.66250; -105.92722
NRHP reference No.16000588[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 6, 2016

HistoryEdit

Though New Mexico only played a small part in the American Civil War, the cemetery was created after the war to inter the Union soldiers who died fighting there, primarily at the Battle of Glorieta Pass. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe donated the land to the federal government in 1870. In 1876 its status was changed to a post cemetery, but in 1885 it became a national cemetery once again.

Notable monumentsEdit

  • Memorial made of granite and bronze dedicated to World War II Glider Pilots, erected in 1994.
  • Memorial to "Women Who Served in the Navy" erected in 1995.
  • The China-Burma-India Veterans Memorial, dedicated to World War II veterans, erected in 2002.
  • The Navajo Code Talkers Memorial, erected in 2013.

Notable intermentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Program: Weekly List". National Park Service. September 23, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Simonich, Milan (2012-07-02). "Navajo Code Talker Willeto laid to rest". Texas-New Mexico Newspapers. The Deming Headlight. Retrieved 2012-07-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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