Winding paths of the "rural rustic style."
13th Street North
Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751
The cemetery is located on a 24-acre island
in Lake Menomin, across the causeway
at the end of 13th Street.
The Knapp, Stout and Co. lumber company donated the land to establish Evergreen as a cemetery in 1873. The owners of the company, the Knapps, Stouts, Tainters and Wilsons all were part of the official land transfer. The original parcel of land was over fifty acres. The raising of the lake level in 1918 and 1953 transformed the cemetery into an island and the sale of an unused portion in 1998 further reduced the cemetery to its present size.
In 1874, the Knapp, Stout and Co. hired landscape architects William Merchant Richardson French and Horace Shaler Cleveland to design the cemetery. French was ten years out of Harvard with degrees in civil engineering and landscape gardening. He was later to be one of the chief architects for the Chicago World's Fair. The Evergreen Cemetery plan reflects the Rural Romantic style, following the natural contours of the land and incorporating native trees and shrubs.
The Evergreen Cemetery Association was organized in 1904. Its board of trustees continues
to manage the care and use of the cemetery. Evergreen Cemetery is public, not affiliated with
a church.There are over 6,100 recorded gravesites and room for many more along the winding
paths and rustic area that gives it its distinctive character.
Dog marker at the Graven burial site.
Historical marker at the oldest burial sites.
Evergreen Cemetery is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Only one other cemetery in Wisconsin has this designation. Stephen Tainter, a Revolutionary War veteran whose grandson Andrew built the Mabel Tainter Theater, is buried here. A Historical Marker tells his story. The founders of Menomonie--the Tainters, Knapps, Stouts, and Wilsons--have distinguished gravesites here. They are noted in the Historic Walking tour posted on this website.
A second historical marker explains the earliest burial site in the cemetery.
A memorial to Civil War veterans lies near the entrance to the cemetery. Memorial Day services have been conducted at the site every year since 1901 when the memorial was erected.
Civil War Monument and markers of notable citizens of Menomonie
What exactly is the National Register? One official government website employs an impressive skein of nouns to describe it as a compilation of “districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture”. Another describes the Register more succinctly as “the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.” Both definitions are accurate, but the shorter one provides a better sense of what this amazing list is all about. The diverse and lengthy and ever-expanding roster of treasures on the National Register – more than 86,000 listings, comprising more than 1.7 million individual resources, from steel mills to shotgun houses, railroad stations to roadside attractions, bridges to battlefields, mansions to canals, prisons to lighthouses, archaeological sites to sailing ships – is made up of things we should care about. Having them around, living with them, and learning from them helps us remember who we are, where we came from, how we go to now. They’re “worthy of preservation” because they tell the story of us as a people and a nation.