Elmhurst Cemetery is a special place. Wooded heights and shaded valleys alternate from side to side. There are grassy slopes and shaded lanes, surrounded by mature trees providing dappled shade. Elmhurst Cemetery, named for the 760 elm trees that once graced it’s narrow lanes, was established in 1858, the same year that Minnesota became a state.
Elmhurst Cemetery is one of St. Paul’s oldest cemeteries. It followed that of the more famous Oakland Cemetery on Jackson Street, where many Minnesota’s pioneers are buried, and of Calvary, the Catholic cemetery on Front Street.