Cold Water Cemetery, located next to Pallottine Renewal Center, is likely the oldest existing burial ground of American settlers who came west of the Mississippi River when those lands were still under Spain’s rule. It is considered to be the oldest Protestant cemetery still in use west of the Mississippi.
The name “Cold Water” comes from the little spring-fed creek that meanders through the neighborhood. In the late 1700s, the area was called Cold Water by both the French and Spanish explorers–a name eventually given to the community, the churches, the school and the burial ground.
Buried there are soldiers that fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II.
On November 3, 1936, the cemetery was officially given to the Missouri State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and they assumed the responsibilities of it’s maintenance and ensuring its recognition in the history of America’s westward expansion.
Cold Water Cemetery is, without question, a landmark of the western movement in America and an integral part of our heritage.