• Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas

      Roadtrip Attraction
      Now under the care of The University of Kansas, this burial ground - originally known as Oread Cemetery - was in use for little more than 30 years in the second half of the 19th century but is the location of a number of historically interesting grave markers. These include 18 members of the Wisconsin regiment who died of typhoid fever in 1862, and four of the 200 victims killed by Confederate William Clarke Quantrill and his raiders on 21 August 1863 (considered one of the bloodiest events of the Civil War). Others buried here include abolitionist TW Barber, shot by pro-slavery men in 1855.

      Photo by Peter Thody

      If you go:
      The cemetery lay neglected and forgotten for many years until "rediscovered" by KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy in 1952. Since then it has not only been restored but also returned to its original role, providing a final resting place for many notable KU scholars.


      Constant Avenue at Irving Hill Road
      Lawrence, Kansas 66047 USA

      Mailing address:
      KU Endowment
      P.O. Box 928
      Lawrence, KS 66044-0928 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      KU Endowment
      +1 (785) 832-7400