Historic Topeka Cemetery is the oldest chartered cemetery in Kansas, having been established on February 2, 1859, at the Territorial capitol in Lecompton. It is an example of the garden cemetery movement, the precursors to our public parks. As such, it was created to be enjoyed as public space. Historic Topeka Cemetery is the flinal resting place of Vice President Charles Curtis, Senator/Governor Arthur Capper, Governors Samuel Crawford, George Anthony, and Thomas Osborn, and Territorial Governor Hugh Walsh. More than a thousand Civil War soldiers rest here with veterans of every war since 1812. With almost a hundred acres, HTC is a spot to take a leisurely stroll or an invigorating jog only a couple of minutes from downtown. The hillside offers a panorama of the city skyline amongst the markers of the people who created it. Deer, fox, beaver, and a variety of birds find  HTC a safe haven in an urban setting. Grounds are open from sunrise to sunset and tours and other events are held throughout the year. HTC is a partner in Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.

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