Grandview cemetery was founded in 1885 in the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The land on which the cemetery is on was purchased by the Cambria Iron Company. The cemetery is best known for the Unknown Plot in which the graves of the unknown from the 1889 Johnstown Flood are placed. Grandview is one of the largest cemeteries in Pennsylvania holding centuries of history and continues to grow.
was created in 1885 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania when the land was purchased from
the Cambria Iron Company. It was needed to keep up the rapid increase in
population in the city. After the Johnstown Flood, which occurred on May 31,
1889, many who died in in the flood were buried at Grandview. One historic spot
in the cemetery is that of the “Unknown Plot” which has 777 plain headstones
for the victims that could not be identified, although, there were not 777
victims that could not be identified. Some headstones were added to make an
the Bucknell Avenue main entrance was opened in 1904, there was only one way up
to the cemetery from the city. Millcreek Road was a very step and narrow road
that winded its way up the hill to the cemetery. Millcreek Road was extended in
now has over 235 acres which contain twelve miles of road within the cemetery. There
are over 57,000 people laid to rest in Grandview with a few being quite
notable. Some include Warren Worth Bailey and Jacob Campbell who served in the
US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, Elmer Cleveland who was a
professional baseball player, and George Reed and Boyd Wagner who were two war heroes.
Reed served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He received the Medal
of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Globe Tavern. Wagner was a Lieutenant
Colonel who served during World War II in the US Army Air Corps. He was an aviator
and the first fighter ace.
holds an amazing history with the city of Johnstown through the floods, wars,
and its people.