Visit Minneapolis’ Oldest Existing Cemetery: the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery
Home to gravesites as old as 1853, this historic cemetery is a true anchor of Minneapolis history, both the light side… and the dark. Hundreds of military veterans from conflicts ranging from the War of 1812 to World War I were laid to rest here, alongside several thousand immigrants—primarily from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe—and many prominent pioneers and working-class citizens who built the city we know and love today. Section H (also known as the Pauper’s Section) has a sadder past, as it is the site of a mass grave of bodies used by medical students in the early 1900s, as well as graves of abandoned infants, suicide victims, and the city’s nameless dead. If you would like to visit, be warned: the cemetery is only open from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, from April 15th to October 15th.