Mount Mora cemetery is the oldest operating cemetery in St. Joseph, MO, established in 1851. Years ago, Mount Mora was the most well known burial ground for many well known and wealthy citizens. Today the grounds are visited by many to re-live the past. Many families visit after researching their family heritage and they come to see the graves of their deceased family members. Others attracted to the site are those that have a passion for history and they come to see the grave sites of Coleman Hawkins, Jeff Thompson, Joseph Robidoux's son, two pony express riders, three Missouri governors, and many other well known names.
The graveyard consists of hundreds of unique marble and granite tombstones. Near the main gate you can view the ‘Who's Who' wall to learn more on the lives of those that now rest at Mount Mora. It may seem odd for some, but many people visit the cemetery each year; some with good reason and some just for fun.
It seems hard to believe that visiting a cemetery could be fun but it is possible and you too can partake. On Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29 you can re-live St. Joseph's past with living history characters of some of St. Joseph's earliest citizens. As you tour the property re-en-actors will be standing beside the graves and tell you the story of a life on a select number of people. The tours will take place at 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM and tickets are $13 for St. Joseph Museum members and $15 for non-members. Tickets sell out quick, call 816.232.8471 for ticket information.
Mount Mora Cemetery is located at 824 Mount Mora Road,St Joseph MO You can visit, www.mountmora.org for more information.