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Fairmount’s rich and fascinating past stretches back to 1890, the year it was founded. At that time, Fairmount’s 280 acres represented the largest developed landscape west of the Mississippi. Only Riverside Cemetery outdates Fairmount as the area’s oldest cemetery.

Destined to be grand from the start, Fairmount was designed by Reinhard Schuetze, whose success at Fairmount immediately became the talk of Denver. He subsequently designed City, Congress and Washington Parks, as well as the areas around the Capitol. Today, Schuetze is known as the father of Denver’s park system.

Fairmount is home to Colorado’s most extensive arboretum, filled with numerous Champion Trees and one of the largest collections of Heritage Roses in North America. The cemetery’s two original buildings, the Little Ivy Chapel and the 1890 Gate Lodge, are designated historic Denver landmarks. And the Fairmount Mausoleum contains one of the largest stained glass collections in Colorado.

Fairmount’s graves read like the who’s who of Colorado history: 19 governors, 11 U.S. senators, notable war heroes, educational pioneer Emily Griffith, philanthropist Helen Bonfils, the Boettcher family, Brown family, jazz musician George Keith, major league baseball player James Moore and so many others. View a list of Fairmount’s famous.