Cemetery History - Oak Grove

Oak Grove Cemetery

  • Oak Grove Cemetery is nestled on a 1.9-acre site, situated among residences in the heart of the Southwestern Hills neighborhood. 
  • Oak Grove was established more than 125 years ago by a Methodist-Episcopal Church, located adjacent to the property.
  • The City of Des Moines acquired the cemetery in 1924.
  • Gravesites date back to the mid-1800s.
  • Among those buried in the small cemetery is Barlow Grander, founder of The Des Moines Star newspaper.
  • The church, along with the cemetery records, was destroyed by fire in the early 1940s therefore; the exact number of graves is unknown. 
  • There are 433 monuments in the cemetery.