The Town of Alpine, Utah was established in the fall of 1850 with the settlement of a small pioneer group of Mormons.
The first burial in the cemetery occurred in December 1850, when Edmond Nelson died and according to his marker, “was buried on a little knoll north of Alpine.”
My great uncle, Si Bennett, was the sexton of the cemetery for years in addition to numerous other duties and jobs for the city. He along with his wife, Alberta, spent hundreds of hours identifying the burial locations of early graves that no longer had markers. Fortunately, they kept good records and I was able to use them to add memorials on Find-a-grave for them. They would have been missed by anyone only creating a cemetery census with headstone markers.
Alpine City built a kiosk that houses maps and a burial index on the south end of the knoll in the center of the cemetery.
The Veteran’s memorial is directly south of the kiosk.
Today there are over 1700 graves in the cemetery. If you every get the opportunity to visit it in its mountain setting, do so. To the east is Box Elder peak. To the north, Pfiefferhorn peak with Alta Ski Resort on the other side.
Be sure to visit the Children of Alpine Cemetery statuary by Dennis Smith on the top of the cemetery while you browse through the old pioneer graves and take photos of the beautiful scenery.
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