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West Des Moines, Iowa

Huston Cemetery

A small cemetery stranded in the middle of the road. 

Huston Cemetery is a little country graveyard right in the middle of a roundabout in busy 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 was named for, was the first attorney in Dallas County. 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 1889. He is buried in the cemetery along with his wife and six children and other family members. Eleven graves have been recorded.

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

Know Before You Go

Very easy to locate. Just drive right to it. You can park on the North side of 88th. This street is blocked off to through traffic for construction.