Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Elmwood Cemetery opened in 1872. Its beautiful grounds were designed by renowned landscape architect George Kessler, the creator of Kansas City’s famed parks and boulevard system. Elmwood encompasses 43 acres in the heart of Kansas City and is the final resting place for over 36,000 souls from all walks of life, including many of Kansas City’s founders.
Elmwood Cemetery preserves the history of Kansas City within its 43 acres. While providing dignity and respect for the families of the interred, it provides a park-like setting and serves the community as a place of peace and joy.
Here at Elmwood Cemetery, we are undertaking several projects to improve our cemetery, both in terms of functionality and aesthetic. Our current projects include efforts to repair the wall on the Cemetery’s west side, restore the beautiful Armour Chapel, and transfer our cemetery records to a digital format.
As a 501(C)(13) non-for-profit organization, volunteer support and donations are always needed and appreciated. For ways to become involved in the cemetery and its efforts, please contact us! We’ll be happy to help you in any way we can!