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Cemetery Tours

Heroes, Scoundrels, and Just Plain Folks 

Stories of People Buried in St. Joseph’s Cemeteries 

As part of St. Joseph’s celebration leading up to our 150th anniversary next August,
St. Joe’s historian, Gerald Mattson, is once again giving tours of

St. Joe’s two cemeteries: Highland and St. Joseph’s.


Tours will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018

10:00 am Highland Cemetery

11:15am Current St. Joseph Cemetery


The 10am Highland’s tour will begin at the cemetery on the east side of Pilot Knob Road at 170th St.   St. Joseph’s original cemetery is located across the street from the site of the parish’s first church built in 1868. When this church was destroyed by a cyclone in 1880, a new church was built in Rosemount on South Robert Trail (Highway 3). The old cemetery was used until 1886 when a new St. Joseph’s Cemetery across from the new church was put into use for parish burials.


The tour of the new (and current) St. Joseph’s Cemetery will take place at 11:30am, following the Highland tour. The cemetery is located on Hwy 3 just north and across the street from the Steeple Center (the third St. Joseph’s Church built in 1924).


All are welcome to join in learning more about some colorful characters and tragic stories laid to rest in these cemeteries. No registration is necessary. Please wear shoes suitable for trekking over uneven terrain, especially in Highland, where we’ll visit some graves deep in the woods behind the main part of the cemetery.