Woodlawn Cemetery

Woodlawn Cemetery (HMYGB)

Location: Las Vegas, NV 89101 Clark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 11.199', W 115° 8.017'

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Until 1914, when the railroad donated land for a city cemetery, people buried the dead in small family plots or on public land just north of the railroad-owened Las Vegas Ranch, east of Las Vegas Boulevard.

In pre-railroad times, the Paiute Indians and the few local ranchers set aside graveyards for family use. Other deceased were placed in an informal burial ground just north of Las Vegas Ranch. The markers for these graces eventually disappeared, and the burials were forgotten. In 1914, several prominent local women persuaded the railroad to donate ten acres of Las Vegas Ranch, just south of the unofficial graveyard, to be dedicated as a city cemetery. The city accepted the gift and chose the name Woodlawn. Since 1914, any early burials discovered outside the cemetery boundaries have been re-interred here.

Woodlawn management chose the gravestones for black citizens until 1939, when black residents asked for the right to choose their own plots. The city allowed a delegation from the black community to choose a section of the cemetery exclusively for black burials, and promised that Woodlawn would provide proper care of the graves.

Pictured left to right are prominent local attorney Harley Harmon, gunslinger Diamondfield Jack Davis, and local farmer Bill Tomiyasu whose produce helped feed those who built Hoover Dam. Other notables interred here are "Nick the Greek" Daneolos, a famous gambler who lost $500 million before he died penniless in 1964, and eight Civil War veterans.
Marker Number14
Placed ByLas Vegas Pioneer Trail
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 4:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 667824 N 4006265
Decimal Degrees36.18665000, -115.13361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 11.199', W 115° 8.017'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 11' 11.94" N, 115° 8' 1.02" W
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Area Code(s)702
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24 Foremaster Ln, Las Vegas NV 89101, US
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