FREE EDUCATIONAL TOURS FOR SCHOOL GROUPS
Bring your class to Denver’s oldest cemeteries for a unique look at local history and a great learning experience.
|RIVERSIDE CEMETERY||FAIRMOUNT CEMETERY|
|5201 Brighton Blvd.||430 S. Quebec St.|
|Denver CO 80216||Denver CO 80247|
|(Just north of the National Western Stock Show complex)||(Southeast of the corner of Quebec St. & Alameda Ave.)|
WHY VISIT THESE HISTORIC CEMETERIES?
Riverside and Fairmount are Denver’s oldest, operating, pioneer cemeteries. These are beautiful places where much of Colorado’s history is preserved. Founded in 1876, Riverside is the oldest operating cemetery in Denver. Fairmount, founded in 1890, is the largest cemetery in Denver with an area over 250 acres. At both sites, students will learn about governors, senators, mayors, educators and many others who helped shape our city and state. Both cemeteries have been designated wildlife viewing areas by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. You may take advantage of our suggested tours and our trained tour guides are available free of charge for educators! Bathroom facilities are available at both sites.
AT RIVERSIDE CEMETERY VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF:
- Over 1100 Civil War veterans
- The first governor of Colorado
- Clara Brown, the ex-slave whose grave is probably the cemetery’s most-visited site
- Two early professional baseball players and a circus clown
- A man whose tombstone is a large replica of his log cabin
- Denver’s first schoolteacher
- 3 Civil War Medal of Honor recipients
Riverside has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to the Historic Riverside Center for Education & Preservation.
AT FAIRMOUNT CEMETERY YOU VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF:
- Veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I & II, and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq
- 25 notable architects, including Frank Edbrooke
- The namesakes of many schools including Emily Griffith
- 5 Medal of Honor recipients
- Many of Colorado’s railroad builders, engineers, bankers, lawyers, and publishers
- Colorado’s largest arboretum and trees planted in the 1890’s
Fairmount has three buildings that have been designated as Denver landmarks: the Little Ivy Chapel; Fairmount Mausoleum, the city’s largest and most beautiful public mausoleum; and the Gate Lodge, which now houses the office and archives of the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. It is also the largest arboretum in Colorado and home to one of the largest collections of “Old Garden Roses” in North America.
WHY ARE VISITS TO RIVERSIDE AND FAIRMOUNT IDEAL FOR SCHOOL GROUPS?
Touring these old cemeteries directly addresses two history standards set by the Colorado Department of Education:
3rd grade: Describe the influence of people in the past on the development and interaction of different communities or regions.
4th grade: Organize and sequence events to understand the concepts of chronology and cause-and-effect in the history of Colorado.
Have your students explore these historic sites during an exciting outdoor field trip while helping them fulfill learning goals.