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Riverside Cemetery is the largest, oldest cemetery in Fargo-Moorhead and was established in 1879.

Riverside Cemetery is the largest and oldest cemetery in Fargo-Moorhead, we have over 18,000 burials located here. Established in 1879 and incorporated in 1903, Riverside is a tranquil wooded setting along the Red River in south Fargo.

The single entrance has brick pillars with iron rod gates. The roads throughout the cemetery are black top and gravel that create a unique passage through the grounds, thus allowing visitors to view everything we have to offer such as history of the cemetery, the unique monuments and the historical buildings throughout. Also the wildlife, beautiful shrubs, flowers and mature trees.

The cemetery office is located in the center of the cemetery , it is the red brick building southwest of the old Mausoleum. The maintenance building is located at the southeast corner of the cemetery. Harold Fry is the manager at Riverside Cemetery in south Fargo.

Riverside Cemetery is a nondenominational facility serving the needs of all faiths and offers a large selection of gravesites allowing upright monuments and flat markers for both traditional and cremation burials.

In addition to the original cemetery, the grounds also contain two mausoleums for entombment in permanent above ground crypts and cremation niches. The quaint Old Brick Chapel, used in the past for memorial services and funerals, has been restored to house new administrative offices and a second cremation retort.

As Riverside Cemetery has grown to meet the needs of the community, our mission has remained the same: to provide a dignified , attractive cemetery service that is warm, personal and caring.

In the early 1900's, a horse-drawn hearse would stop at the east end of the chapel and pallbearers carried the casket into the main area of the building where funeral services were held. A crackling fire in the large fireplace provided warmth for the mourners during winter months.

 

Wonder who might be some of the more interesting burials at Riverside ?

How about Smith Stimmel. He was a former security guard to President Abraham Lincoln. After Lincoln was shot, he went to law school and somehow moved to Fargo around the turn of the century and practiced law here in town. He was married in the church that I belong to and had his funeral in that same church in 1937.

Hanna, Louis Benjamin - (August 9, 1861 - April 23, 1948), US Congressman, North Dakota Governor. Elected to represent North Dakota in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1909 to 1913. Also served as a Member of the North Dakota State House of Representatives from 1895 to 1897, Member of the North Dakota State Senate from 1897 to 1901, and 1905 to 1909, Governor of North Dakota from 1913 to 1917, and Candidate for United States Senator from North Dakota in 1916 and 1926. Plot: Southpark Section J

Lemke, William Frederick - (August 13, 1878 - May 30, 1950), US Congressman. Elected to represent North Dakota in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1933 to 1941, and 1943 until his death in 1950. Also served as North Dakota State Attorney General in 1921, and Candidate for President of the United States in 1936. Plot: Southpark Section U

Spalding, Burleigh Folsom - (December 3, 1853 - March 17, 1934), US Congressman. Elected to represent North Dakota in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1899 to 1901, and 1903 to 1905. Also served as a State Court Judge. Plot: Southpark Section K

Fargo has the first funeral of Overseas Veteran in the State. Brought from far-off Coblez, Germany, where death occurred on April l5, 1919, the remains of Elmer H. Thompson, soldier of the American Expeditionary Force in France and later of the Army of Occupation in Germany, now repose in their last resting place in Riverside Cemetery Fargo.

 

Some other faq's


Tom Schafer, has been associated with history in the area.
A resident of Fargo since 1939, Shafer played on the same Fargo American Legion baseball team as Roger Maris and the same Concordia College football team as Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Stop by and experience the wildlife at the Cemetery.
Riverside Cemetery has been home to many wildlife over the years, you are welcome to stop in and feed them as well as watch the day to day activities that happen here at the cemetery, Click on the gallery to see larger pictures of these visitors to the cemetery.

Contact Us

Location

2102 5th St. S., Fargo, ND

Send Coorespondence to:

P.O Box 1703, Fargo, ND 58107

Sales Inquiries

Contact Harold at:

Office: 701.235.2671
Shop: 701.232.1477
Fax: 701.235.1678
E-mail : riversidefargo@yahoo.com

General:

Office

Phone: 701.235.2671
Fax: 701.235.1678
For after hours emergency: 701.361.8626