Covington Cemeteries

From about 1815 to 1843, Covington's cemetery was the Craig Street Burial Ground, as shown on this map from 1877. Most of the graves - 1,700 of them - were removed to Highland Cemetery, altho some went to Linden Grove. Some old residents of Sixth Street, when the C&O RR Bridge approach was built, remembered caskets still being found in the 1920's.

And then there's this.


“To the citizens of Covington: May 1, 1872. You are requested by order of Council, to remove your bodies of your relatives from the Craig Street burying Ground. Council, seeing the total neglect and wanton desecration in that place of the dead, have purchased a large and desirable lot in Highland Cemetery, which is to be dedicated to the Pioneers of Covington. All bodies remaining in the Craig Street Graveyard after the expiration of two months from the above date, will, with honor and respect, be removed by the City Council to the lot reserved for that purposed in Highland Cemetery.” From the Covington Journal, June 23, 1872


Highland Cemetery Covington Cemeteries
Entrance to Highland
  Entrance to Highland


Covington Cemeteries St.MAry's
Linden Grove Cemetery Entrance to St. Mary Cemetery

Hunting, partying and drinking outlawed in Highland Cemetery in 1870.


Linden Grove

The 1917 Stewart Iron Works Catalog (pdf) showed this sharp-looking entrance to Linden Grove.
We assume, but don't know, that it was actually used.


There are 20,000 persons buried at Linden Grove that have been documented, even though there are only 4,000 or so grave markers. It was considered “full” in 1869, which led to the creation of Highland Cemetery. The Linden Grove Cemetery was consecrated September 18, 1843. The dedication oration can be found on this site. It's older than Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery, and originally went west to near what is today I-75. Lots were sold from the western edge to raise funds.
Mother of God's original cemetery was in the Buena Vista section of Covington, on Madison at 26th Street. They moved it to its present location, at “the first toll gate on the Independence Pike,” in the 1890's. Most of the graves in the old cemetery were removed to the new one. A 1902 newspaper article reports that the the moving of bodies was “being accomplished steadily.”
“The dedication of Highland Cemetery. three and a half miles from Covington, takes place Tuesday next [June 29].” Courier-Journal, June 22, 1869
Highland Cemetery was incorporated by an act of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 6, 1869.
St. John's Cemetery in Fort Mitchell was established in 1867. Linden Grove is on the web here.
The Confederate Civil War spy who told Lee the Union troops were at Gettysburg is buried in Highland cemetery. He's Henry Thomas Harrison, and you can read more about him at this site.
Here's Linden Grove's application to be on the National Register of Historic places, complete with photo's, history, and maps. There's also an application for the GAR Monument in the cemetery, and the Veterans' Monument. All pdf's.


Covington Cemeteries
Covington Cemeteries
A contemporary brochure about Linden Grove.

The German Roman Catholic Mother of God Cemetery Association is formed,



Covington Cemeteries

Covington Cemeteries

This august group stands at the grave of Frank Duveneck in Mother of God Cemetery Memorial Day, 1941

Linden Grove Cemetery, Christmas, 1914. 
Taken by an amateur photographer, Wm.
C. Weidling, 1336 Holman Avenue, this card,
it says on the back, shows “a picture which is universally pronounced to be a likeness of Christ.”


floral gardens

Floral Hills
Old Taylor Mill Road, Covington