Eureka Springs cemetery paves the way for more improvements
By Haley Schichtl
The Eureka Springs cemetery roads have officially been re-graveled thanks to the work of the cemetery commission.
“The gravel roads are done, they came out really nice, and we actually saved $1,800. It was $5,400 versus the $7,200 that we had projected,” cemetery superintendent Pat Lujan said.
The commission also unanimously approved a 2020 budget of $26,500 and a $500 bonus for cemetery sexton Gloria Stevens.
Stevens took a minute to thank the commission for all the work they have been doing.
“More improvements have been made in the last three years by this commission than I can remember in the last 20 to 25 years,” Stevens said. “I applaud this commission for being proactive and making things happen: the trees, the gravel roads, the headstone cleaning; it’s been an amazing thing to watch this.”
Stevens said she has been receiving comments from Eureka citizens and the families of those buried in the cemetery on how it has never looked better.
Stevens is creating a map of the blocks of the cemetery showing where the bodies are and who they are. She has finished about half the cemetery so far.
“At this time, I am working on the civil war soldiers, getting headstones for the ones that don’t have it,” Stevens said.
In other business, vice president Glenna Booth said she is applying for a grant to work with a company that will take their records and turn it into a digital map to put online.
“Anybody can go in and click on the block and the information about the burial and the person will come up,” Booth said. “We can add photographs to it. Gloria has done extensive research on lots of the burials.”
She also wants to have a brochure with a map of the cemetery and other information.
“We won’t hear about whether we get it or not until probably February, and the funding would be available in March,” Booth said.
The cemetery commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 in the auditorium.