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Davenport Cemetery Rescued

Fairmount Cemetery

More than two years after it was taken over by the state, a cemetery in Davenport will host a celebration. On Tuesday a ribbon cutting will be held for a new maintenance building at Fairmount Cemetery.  

Superintendent Carvel Morgan says Fairmount went into receivership in 2017 due to management and financial problems. And since then, the state, city, and the Pine Hill Cemetery where he's also the superintendent, have worked together.

Credit Fairmount Cemetery
the first crematory in Iowa

"It's primarily for the maintenance building, but it's also to show the community we're dedicated to moving forward with Fairmount and making progress one step at a time."

Morgan says Fairmount has about 100 acres and 20,000 burials, but there's room for many more. It first opened in 1881, and when a crematory opened in 1890, it was the first in Iowa. 

It's located on Rockingham Road in southwest Davenport. 

Cemeteries in Iowa are regulated by the state Insurance Division. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.