Because we were so close, and because we were told we had ancestors buried there – – we stopped at the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery, located southeast of Kansas City.
Fortunately, there’s a map-under-glass so we easily found our people (Mike Keller and his wife Martha Hendrickson). Also buried is one of the area’s most famous sons: Cole Younger.
Younger was a Civil War veteran, riding with the Confederate guerrilla band known as Quantrill’s Raiders. Other members of the band are buried here too along with Cole’s brother’s Jim and Bob and his mother, Bursheba.
Interestingly, Younger has two gravestones – one military, one personal, as well as a Missouri Confederate flag (see below). We were a little surprised to find fresh flowers at the gravesite – clearly old roots run deep here.
The cemetery was opened in 1867 and sits on 20 acres and currently contains approximately 20,000 grave spaces, including a large “potter’s field”
Getting to Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery
The old cemetery is located at 806 SE Third Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri. We didn’t have any trouble locating it. Click here to download a Walking Tour Map of the cemetery.
Do you have ancestors buried here? If you think it’s possible, use this Flash-based map to look up names in the cemetery.
If you’d like to learn more
Confederate Flags of Missouri – a great website