Oct. 14, 2017 Springfield commemorated the sesquicentennial anniversary of Hazelwood Cemetery. 150 years of history and service to the community were memorialized on its grounds.
At the time Hazelwood was officially dedicated, on October 26, 1867, the cemetery was a long horse and buggy ride miles outside Springfield's city limits. Today, the city has grown up around it. With 60 developed acres and over 44,000 grave spaces, Hazelwood is one of the largest municipally-operated cemeteries in Missouri.
Hazelwood honors Springfield founder John Pollk Campbell, Route 66 visionary John T. Woodruff and is the final resting place of many other familiar names in our community.
The celebration included a Sesquicentennial Commemoration Ceremony with Congressional and City Proclamations, a Revolutionary War Wreath-Laying by the Sons of the American Revolution, a Guided History Walk lead by the Springfield-Greene County Library, and various information booths.