7 Historic Cemeteries in Sioux Falls You Should Explore Today

Our business has been memorializing our loved ones in the beautiful city of Sioux Falls for nearly four decades. We’ve gotten to know our local cemeteries quite well over the years.

There are seven cemeteries in the city of Sioux Falls. Each has its own unique place in our city’s history. If you ever decide to take a stroll through any of our city’s cemeteries, pay close attention to the names you encounter on the stones.

There’s a good chance you’ll recognize many of Sioux Falls’ prominent citizens of the past. You might even recognize the names from your own family history.

We’ve decided to compile a list of all the cemeteries in Sioux Falls. There are seven cemeteries in total. Four are large and active and three are small and quaint.

Continue reading to find out a more about each of the seven cemeteries in Sioux Falls.

Cemeteries in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Note: these cemeteries are listed in alphabetical order. This makes it easier to find the one you’re looking for!

We’d also like to say a special “Thank You” to the Siouxland Heritage Museums and the Minnehaha County Historical Society for providing historical information about these cemeteries. Their resources proved invaluable as we researched our city’s cemeteries for this page.

Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls


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Director/Sexton: Phil Schmitz

Year Established: 1933

Religious Affiliation: No religious affiliation

Size: 88 Acres

Website: Hills of Rest Cemetery Website

Cemetery Map: Hills of Rest Cemetery Map

Green Burial Certified: No

Address

300 N Chapel Hill Rd
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Phone: 1 (605) 338-6551

Hills of Rest Cemetery Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: By Appointment

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Hills of Rest Cemetery History

The Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls was founded nearly 90 years ago. Since then, it has grown to over 65 acres.

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The Wildwood Chapel and Mausoleum located within the cemetery is a beautiful facility. This building contains an indoor mausoleum with glass facing. This allows for loved ones to regularly visit and view their loved ones’ ashes.

Hills of Rest is completely unique among Sioux Falls cemeteries in a big way. The only types of memorials allowed in the cemetery are bronze, in-ground markers. This creates a very serene and beautiful landscape throughout the cemetery.

The facilities and grounds are well-kept and maintained by a full-time maintenance staff. Hill of Rest Cemetery even has a cemetery dog name Spot who loves to greet visitors!

To view headstones in Hills of Rest Cemetery, click here.

Minnehaha County Cemetery in Sioux Falls


Director/Sexton: Minnehaha County

Year Established: 1895

Religious Affiliation: No religious affiliation

Size: 3 Acres

Cemetery Map: Minnehaha County Cemetery Map

Green Burial Certified: No

Address

2124 East 60th St N
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Minnehaha County Cemetery History

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The Minnehaha County Cemetery is a small cemetery located in northern Sioux Falls. This cemetery is not well-known; however, it is where many of Sioux Falls’ indigent population are buried. Those who cannot afford to purchase their own plots are buried here.

As a result, this cemetery is often referred to as Pauper’s Graveyard by locals.

There are many small grave markers in the ground at this cemetery. It’s estimated that 90% of the burials are unmarked.

To view headstones in Minnehaha County Cemetery, click here.

Mount Zion Cemetery in Sioux Falls


Director/Sexton: Mount Zion Congregation

Religious Affiliation: Jewish

Year Established: 1903

Size: 2.5 Acres

Green Burial Certified: No

Address

2300 Block on E. 12th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Mount Zion Cemetery History

Mount Zion Cemetery in Sioux Falls was incorporated in 1903 by the Sioux Falls’ Jewish population. Many of these people came to the Sioux Falls area in the 1880s and 1890s.

The Jewish Reform Congregation that started Mount Zion Cemetery is still in existence today.

Jewish burial customs have endured to this day. For example, every person is buried in a wooden casket facing East toward Jerusalem. You may also see stones resting on the headstones. Each stone indicates a visitor who had paid their respects to the deceased.

To view headstones in Mount Zion Cemetery, click here.

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls


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Director/Sexton: Randy Pudwill

Year Established: 1873

Religious Affiliation: No religious affiliation

Size: 52 Acres

Website: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Website

Cemetery Map: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Map

Pricing Information: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Services and Price Sheet

Green Burial Certified: Yes (The only Green Burial Certified Cemetery in South Dakota)

Address

2001 E 12th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Phone: 1 (605) 339-4760

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: varies

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery History

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery was officially organized on November 24, 1873. At this time the population of Sioux Falls was a mere 150 people! This makes Mt. Pleasant the oldest cemetery in Sioux Falls that is still actively run and managed today. When the cemetery was established the first plots sold for $12 a piece.

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This cemetery had a fairly slow start until the turn of the century. Up until then, it was fenced off and primarily used to raise cattle and grow hay. It didn’t take long for the ground to be graded, water lines put in, and hundreds of trees, bushes, and flowers planted. By the turn of the century, Mt. Pleasant was a full-fledged, fully-functioning cemetery.

A big edition was added onto the cemetery thanks to a generous land donation combined with a $7,000 mortgage. This money was also used to build a restroom.

In 1922, the beautiful quartzite gates were constructed. Two years later the beautiful Glidden Memorial Chapel was constructed. This chapel was a result of a generous $13,000 (about $200,000 in today’s money) donation to the cemetery.

During the middle of the 20th century, the cemetery fell on hard times financially and was forced to sell nearly 100 acres of land. This left the cemetery with the 52 acres it still has today.

More recently, the cemetery has undergone many positive changes. These have brought it back to its former beauty and prominence in Sioux Falls Community.

There are currently about 20,000 people interred in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The cemetery still has roughly 40% of its total capacity available to be filled.

For a more detailed history of this amazing Sioux Falls cemetery, click here.

To view headstones in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, click here.

Sons of Israel Cemetery in Sioux Falls


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Religious Affiliation: Jewish

Year Established: 1916

Size: 0.25 Acres

Green Burial Certified: No

Address

2300 Block on E. 12th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Sons of Israel Cemetery History

The Sons of Israel Cemetery was founded in 1916 by an Orthodox Jewish Congregation in Sioux Falls called the Sons of Israel. Unfortunately, this congregation disbanded in the 1970s. The cemetery remains open and still has an occasional burial.

Jewish burial customs have endured to this day. For example, every person is buried in a wooden casket facing East toward Jerusalem. You may also see stones resting on the headstones. Each stone indicates a visitor who had paid their respects to the deceased.

To view headstones in Sons of Israel Cemetery, click here.

St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Sioux Falls


Director/Sexton: Dan Johnson

Year Established: 1881

Religious Affiliation: Catholic

Size: 40 acres

Website: St. Michael Cemetery Website

Cemetery Map: St. Michael Cemetery Map

Pricing Information: St. Michael Cemetery Prices

Green Burial Certified: No

Address:

3001 N. Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Phone: 1 (605) 336-3376

St. Michael Cemetery Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: By Appointment

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St. Michael Cemetery’s History

In 1881, thanks to a generous land donation by a local couple, St. Michael Cemetery was founded. It became Sioux Fall’s only Catholic cemetery. There was only one Catholic church in Sioux Falls at this point.

Up until 1978, St. Michael Cemetery was operated by a variety of individuals and groups. In 1978, Bishop Paul Dudley led a motion to change how St. Micahel Cemetery operated. It began to be operated by a board comprised of representatives from the five Catholic churches in Sioux Falls.

This list has since increased to nine overseeing churches: Christ the King, Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph Cathedral, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Lambert, St. Mary, St. Michael, and St. Therese.

Today, St. Michael Cemetery has grown to 40 acres. The cemetery is undergoing constant improvement to its grounds and facilities. In the warmer months, the older cemetery grounds are covered in lush grass under a full canopy of aged trees. The newer areas have recently been planted with many trees.

To read more about the history of St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls: click here.

To view headstones in St. Michael Cemetery, click here.

Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls


Director/Sexton: Michelle Millette & Glen Healy

Year Established: 1901

Religious Affiliation: No religious affiliation

Size: 80 Acres

Website: Woodlawn Cemetery Website

Cemetery Map: Woodlawn Cemetery Map

Pricing Information: Prices & Rules

Green Burial Certified: No

Address: 2001 S. Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105

2001 South Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Phone: 1 (605) 332-5221

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Woodlawn Cemetery Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: By Appointment

Woodlawn Cemetery History

The story of Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls it tightly wound around the story of Richard Pettigrew. Pettigrew was one of South Dakota’s first two elected senators once we became an official state of the United States. While on the east coast, he became increasingly interested in starting a cemetery back in his hometown of Sioux Falls.

In 1901, once he had completed his two terms representing South Dakota in Washington, DC, he returned to Sioux Falls. He purchased 72 acres of land for $8,750 out of his own pocket. An additional land purchase in 1922 brought the total acreage of the cemetery up to 80 acres.

Pettigrew passed away in 1926. He was remembered by the creation of a beautiful at the 26th Street entrance to the cemetery. The arch is made from petrified wood from Arizona. It still stands and greets visitors to this day.

Throughout the years, various improvements have been made to the cemetery grounds and facilities. An office and shop were constructed. Multiple statues, landmarks, and columbaria to store cremains have been added as well.

Today, Woodlawn is a beautifully maintained cemetery with a full-time gardening and maintenance staff. The lawns are well manicured and there are always bright and colorful flowers throughout the spring and summer months. The trees have grown large and make for a beautiful scene in the fall months as their leaves change colors.

For a more detailed history of this historic Sioux Falls cemetery, click here.

To view headstones in Woodlawn Cemetery, click here.

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