Glenwood Cemetery Revisited
Photography: Douglas Burke
It may not be apparent, but changes are taking place at Park City’s privately owned Glenwood Cemetery (created five years after our City Cemetery). Virtually abandoned after the mines shut down, the Glenwood became overgrown and badly vandalized. Conditions remained unchanged until 1982, when the Glenwood Cemetery Association was reactivated and a protective fence and locked gate installed. Volunteers like Bob Anderson, Mel and Peggy Fletcher and many others helped raise funds to accomplish this goal. Public contributions also provided benches, a water supply and a tool shed.
The next goal of the Glenwood Association was to find out who was buried in the cemetery and where they were located. Board member Pat Karz led this effort by searching cemetery records and inputting the information into the computer. Meanwhile, a team of volunteers canvassed the Glenwood, recording information from the headstones and noting their locations. This information was also recorded with both the Park City Library and Park City Museum.
More recently, newly elected Glenwood board member, Bill Brown, designed and supervised fabrication of a large metal plaque containing a Glenwood map with instructions on how to locate particular gravesites. It was fastened on the outside wall of the tool shed. Brown also fabricated a waterproof cabinet, mounted below the plaque, containing cemetery records. Using the computer, Brown alphabetized cemetery records placing family members together, offering grave locations by plat, and noting war veterans, ages at death, year of death and fraternal organization affiliation.
Brown also developed a program to transport cracked or broken headstones to a monument company in Salt Lake City for repair and return to the cemetery for placement. Another program involves approximately 150 graves with no headstones. The Glenwood will purchase flat headstones at a nominal cost and have them engraved and placed at the gravesites. The goal is to place 50 headstones each year.
Recently, Board members Mel and Peggy Fletcher were presented the 2004 Mayor’s Award in the Humanities from the Utah Humanities Council for their work in preserving the Glenwood Cemetery.
Meanwhile, the Glenwood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, continues to be a beautiful, quiet refuge from increasingly busy Park City.