Hazelwood Cemetery

Hazelwood Cemetery
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Springfield officials hope to upgrade one of the state’s largest municipally-operated cemeteries.  Hazelwood Cemetery turned 150 years old this month. It serves as the final resting place of many notable citizens; including Springfield founder John Polk Campbell and Route 66 visionary John T. Woodruff.

Officials gathered Saturday at the site to commemorate its sesquicentennial.

Pete Williams, the head of the Visioning Committee, said that people will be seeing some “good changes” in the future.

Hazelwood Cemetery

Hazelwood Cemetery on W. Seminole in Springfield is nearly a century and a half old.  The largest municipal cemetery in the state, it encompasses more than 60 acres and has more than 44,000 grave spaces, which are still being sold.  As the cemetery approaches its 150th anniversary in October, public input is being sought as part of a visioning process for the site.