The nonprofit Historic Fairview Cemetery organization invites visitors to learn about Albuquerque history through the lives of the cemetery’s permanent residents. Speakers will be stationed throughout the cemetery and visitors can visit at their own pace.
Historic Fairview Cemetery was founded in 1881. While there are approximately 12,000 burial sites in the historic cemetery, fewer than 6,000 have markers. Among the well-known New Mexico family names in the cemetery are Dietz, Galles, Harwood, Huning, Menaul, Rodey and Ross. There are Rough Riders, Buffalo Soldiers, people from at least 23 countries and three Native American tribes interred in Historic Fairview Cemetery.
Attendees are asked to wear a hat, hiking boots or sturdy shoes (to protect feet from goat heads) and sunscreen. A bottle of water will be provided. Tours start at the interior entrance to the historic cemetery, located north of the Fairview Memorial Park office. Look for a registration table near the entrance to Congregation Albert’s section of the cemetery.
Memorial Day Tours at Historic Fairview Cemetery
- 700 Yale Blvd. SE
- Albuquerque, NM 87106
- $20 for each adult and child over age 12 to maintain the cemetery and share its history.