Huston Cemetery – West Des Moines, Iowa - Atlas Obscura

Huston Cemetery

West Des Moines, Iowa

A small burial plot stranded in the middle of a road. 


Huston Cemetery is a little country graveyard right in the middle of a roundabout in West Des Moines, Iowa. Established in 1847, the first graves were two young girls from a family traveling by wagon train.

Mr. Huston, the man who the cemetery is named for, was the first attorney in Dallas County, Iowa. He ran a stagecoach station, a post office, a saloon, and even established a stop on the underground railroad. He was the last burial in the cemetery, in 1889. He is buried alongside his wife and six children, plus a few other family members. Eleven graves have been recorded in total in Huston Cemetery.

Eventually, the plan is for the intersection to be re-routed, so the little graveyard will one day no longer be stranded in the roundabout. But for now, automobile traffic and the cemetery share the road.

Know Before You Go

It's easy to locate. Just drive right to it. There is enough room around the cemetery on the outside of the fence to park.