Why save Riverside Cemetery?

Riverside was founded in 1876 as one of the first park-like cemeteries in the Rocky Mountain West. The cemetery is an incredibly valuable resource from a cultural, historical, and artistic perspective, and is a significant open space providing wildlife habitat along the Platte River on the north side the Denver.
The Welcome to Riverside page offers a good overview of the history, threat, and opportunity Riverside offers the community. In October of 2009, Riverside was given landslide designation as a “Shaper of the American Landscape” by The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Landslide designation is intended to “focus attention on culturally significant landscapes at risk for alteration or destruction.”

Where is Riverside Cemetery?

Riverside Cemetery is located at 5201 Brighton Boulevard, two miles north of downtown Denver on the border of Denver and Adams Counties. A Google map and more information is available on the Visit Riverside page.

Who owns Riverside Cemetery?

Riverside has been owned by Fairmount Cemetery Company since 1900, and all operations were merged in 1920.

It’s important to note that Fairmount Cemetery Company, the owner of Riverside, is not the same as the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. According to its website, the mission of the Fairmount Heritage Foundation is “To preserve the rich, diverse historical and horticultural assets of Fairmount and Riverside cemeteries; educating the community as fellow guardians to pass on those resources to future generations.” For more information on the Fairmount Heritage Foundation, its board of directors, and operations, visit their website.

Riverside Cemetery needs all the friends it can get; all individuals and organizations are encouraged to work together to bring awareness and preservation to this under-appreciated gem.