Salem Evangelical Cemetery
Aurora, Hamilton County, Nebraska

Cemetery: Salem Evangelical Mission Church Cemetery
Other: Salem Evangelical Cemetery
Sign: Yes
Street: 17th road, east of Highway 14
City: Aurora
County: Hamilton County
State: Nebraska
Nation: USA
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
Directions: From Aurora take Hwy. 14 north to 17th road, turn right (east). Go 1-1 1/2 miles. Dirt
drive on right-hand side.
Type: Road-public
Location: Rural
Terrain: Level
Watersource: No
Features: Overgrown trees & brush where church foundation is; cemetery surrounded on 3 sides
by cropland.
Property: Private
Access: Open
Enclosure: None
Gate: None
Established: Assumed established 1872-1875
Gravestones: 70 or more
Oldest: 1875 (from stone)
Newest: 1914
Removed: Yes
Relocated: No
Repairs: Yes
Methods: Other
Restoration: Unsure
Association: No
Records: Yes
Inventory: Unsure
Availability: No written records exist. Record currently being created from old, burial plat owned by
private citizen.
Landscaping: No
Paths: No
Trees: Yes4
Crypts: No
Fencing: No
Brickwork: No
Ironwork: No
Sculpture: No
Fountains: No
Roads: No
Buildings: No
Cement: Yes
Granite: No
Marble: No
Native: Yes
Slate: Yes
Others: Yes
Wood: No
Materials: Unsure
Architectural: Yes
Angels: Unsure
Draperies: Unsure
Fraternal: Unsure
Hands: Yes
Lambs: Yes
Monograms: No
Plants: Yes
Photos: No
Religious: Yes
Scrollwork: Yes
Urns: No
Carvings: Yes
Condition: Cemetery neglected
Unmarked: Yes
Broken: Yes
Toppled: Yes
Disintegrating: Yes
Buried: Yes
Weather: Unknown
Pollution: No
Vandalized: Yes
Report: No
VA1: Gravestones-Overturned
VA2: Gravestones-Broken
VA3: Gravestones-Stolen
VA4: Graffiti
VA5: Graves-Desecrated
Overgrowth2: Graves-Disturbing
Overgrowth3: Gravestones-Disturbing
Overgrowth4: Gravestones-Damaging
GroundCover: Yes
Drainage: Good
Owner: Cemetery
Use: Agricultural
Bordering: Agricultural
Change: Smaller
Reason: Agriculture
Visited: Rarely
Archeology: No
Habitat: Unknown
Contacted: Plainsman Museum, Aurora, Hamilton Co., NE; Alice Farr Library, Aurora, Hamilton
Co., NE; Hamilton County Courthouse, Aurora, Hamilton Co., NE; some possible descendents of
buried individuals & lot owners.
name: Michelle Thompson-Larson
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Date: 21 March 2003


Alphic, Anderson, Best, Bowman, Butler, Conkling, Dance, Edwards, Ewalt, Foss/Fass/Fiss, Gin--,
Gothe, Graybill, Gressley, Grigsby, Geo---k, Henderson, Kaufman/Hoffman, Keaster/Keister, Kinley,
Kline, Korthorn, Lashell, Leymaster, Liebhart, Ling, Long, Philips, Reber, Shafer, Shrove, Siskman,
Sprague, Thomas, Turnbull, Walton, Warfield, Wingard


Contains at least 3 Civil War Union veterans. Many members of church were from Pennsylvania
& Illinois. Most of English or German descent, some Pennsylvania Dutch. Cemetery was severely
vandalized in 1960s-80s. Only 27-29 stones remain; majority in need of repair & replacement.
Location of burials obvious by ground impressions. Entrance not clearly marked. Makeshift wooden
sign leans against tree along roadside in weeds.

We are currently working to establish a history and records of this cemetery and its historical


Salem Evangelical Cemetery Restoration Project

c/o Michelle Thompson-Larson

212 East 9th Street

Waterloo, IA 50703

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name: Michelle Thompson-Larson
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Date: 21 March 2003