Preserving the history of Iowa County, Wisconsin since 1976
The Old City Cemetery is the resting place of many of Mineral Point’s first settlers. Burials began as early as the 1830’s and continued until around 1906. In recent years the graveyard had fallen into serious disrepair. Jim Bennett from the City Parks Department cleared the graveyard of weeds and saplings. “You couldn’t see the stones when we started,” Jim said. His effort launched the 1st phase of the restoration that is now in progress.
Jim started framing broken stones with wooden frames. That’s when Dave and Nancy Larson stepped in.
After some on-line research and consulting Lynette Strangstad, author and professional graveyard preservationist, Dave showed Jim a way to mend the stones using a special adhesive. They got the green light from the City Council and the State Historical Society and started putting the Old City Cemetery back together. The crew includes Jim Bennett, Dave and Nancy Larson, Jim’s summer crew and Brian Englke.