Old Hillside Cemetery - Reno, NV
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N 39° 32.154 W 119° 49.253
11S E 257569 N 4380049
Quick Description: The Old Hillside Cemetery is located west of the University of Nevada Reno, in Reno, Nevada.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 3/13/2012 10:33:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMDZFW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Raine
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Long Description:
The Old Hillside Cemetery, as the name implies, sits atop a hill with a great view of downtown Reno from the northwest. The cemetery sits between University Terrace, Nevada Street and 10th Street.

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Hillside Cemetery — Reno, Washoe County

Despite decades of neglect, there is still hope that the spirit of preservation will rescue Reno's Hillside Cemetery, the final resting spot for about 1,400 people, that dates back to 1879. The graveyard perched on a hill overlooking downtown Reno is a monument to the early pioneers and original settlers.

Historically and culturally signifcant, the oldest cemetery in Reno contains the names of those who helped shape and develop the city. Frank Orr, George Peckham and Edmund Plumb are buried here. These names are instantly recognized by locals because of the sites and streets that bear those names today.

Lack of maintenance coupled with vandalism of the 127-year-old graveyard has created a public nuisance and eyesore in the minds of some. The historic five-acre site provides a link to the past that should not be forgotten.

The Landscape
The privately owned cemetery is located in an older neighborhood established in 1876 and surrounded by a residential mix of large stately homes, small bungalows and apartments. Many of the single-family residences and apartments typically serve the population of nearby University of Nevada, Reno.

The Hillside Cemetery remains one of the few open spaces in the area with an incredible view of downtown Reno and majestic Mt. Rose.

The cemetery was recorded with the County Assessor as a “tract” in 1882, a unique feature for graveyards. Individual plots were sold and deeded to the buyers. The original owner of the property was W. Saunders, but after his death in 1904, no one managed the property and no provision was made for perpetual care. During the years, the graveyard fell into ruin and portions were sold, creating three additional cemeteries: the Knights of Pythius Cemetery, the Hebrew Cemetery and the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery.

The Threat
Commercial development that would require disinterment of the remains is a looming threat. Lack of care and failure to resolve the rights of deeded plots are also obstacles that have slowed efforts to preserve or protect the cemetery. There also is frustration and concern by the community that the Hillside Cemetery will continue to be an eyesore rather than an asset to the surrounding neighborhood. Without community involvement and oversight, the dilapidation of this property will continue.

The Solution
The Old Northwest Neighborhood Advisory Board continues to make the Hillside Cemetery a top priority. It was included in long-range planning approved by the Reno City Council in 2005, resulting in the creation of the Hillside Cemetery Foundation. Through extensive research, foundation members learned about action to save historic cemeteries. In the South, for example, activists renovated a slave cemetery, changing it from an eyesore to a source of community pride.

The best course of action to preserve the Hillside
Cemetery is to:

Gain the protection derived from historical designations;

Mediate an acceptable solution for stakeholders;

Initiate actions that will stop the further decay of the site;

Prevent commercial development; and encourage public involvement in all decisions concerning the Hillside Cemetery.

In addition, the following can be found at: (visit link)

The Hillside Cemetery is Reno's oldest cemetery. Among the 1,500 buried there are Frank Orr, George Peckham, and Edmund Plumb, men responsible for the development and shaping of Reno, and Johnson Sides, a Native American known nationally as "The Peacemaker." Over the past forty years, the cemetery has been desecrated, damaged, and vandalized. A private party owns the "common space" between the graves and there has been no endowment established for maintenance. The owner has recently expressed intent to have those who are interred moved in order to develop the property as student housing for the University of Nevada, Reno.
Earliest Burial: 1/1/1879

Latest Burial: 1/1/1954

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