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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • City owns Oakwood & North

  • Geneseo features two city-owned cemeteries — Oakwood Cemetery, located off Oakwood Avenue, and North Cemetery, located near the intersection of College and Ogden avenues.
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  • Geneseo features two city-owned cemeteries — Oakwood Cemetery, located off Oakwood Avenue, and North Cemetery, located near the intersection of College and Ogden avenues.
    North Cemetery is the oldest of the two burial grounds. The cemetery was established in 1865.
    In October of 1963, the Geneseo City Council voted 6-1 to accept ownership and operation of the cemetery from the North Cemetery Association.
    Revenue for the 10-acre cemetery comes from lot sales and burials. At North Cemetery, each lot cost $400, said Geneseo public works director Klint Rice.
    At 79 acres, Oakwood Cemetery is the larger of the two city-owned cemeteries.
    "We have many acres of land that have yet to be surveyed for future lots, so I don't have the number of lots left, but it will be many years before we are full," said Rice. "I would say 100
    to 150 years with our
    current ground."
    Oakwood Cemetery was established in 1868, "but we do have some burials and stones dating back to the late 1700s," said Rice.
    Oakwood Cemetery was acquired by the city in 1981 from the Hanfords.
    Revenue at Oakwood Cemetery also comes from lot sales and burials with lots at Oakwood Cemetery costing $500.
    Though the city operates both cemeteries, Rice said city officials are unsure how many burials are in each cemetery.
    "The numbers are conflicting," he said.

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