Morris Hill Cemetery

317 N. Latah

City cemeteries open for Memorial weekend; Civil War group plans 2 tributes May 25

Cemeteries maintained by the City of Boise will be open to visitors throughout the Memorial Day weekend. A Civil War volunteers group has special tributes planned at two sites on Monday, May 25. 

On May 25, the Idaho Civil War Volunteers will conduct their annual Civil War flag-raising ceremony, eulogy, and gun salute at 12:00 p.m. in Silent Camp at the Veterans Monument in Morris Hill Cemetery, 317 N. Latah. The ceremony will be repeated at 1:15 p.m. in the Fort Boise Military Reserve Cemetery, 1101 Mountain Cove Rd. The ceremony pays tribute to fallen soldiers and recognizes the significance of Memorial Day. 

Staff will be on site at Morris Hill Cemetery to assist family members and visitors from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 23 and 25 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24. 

At graveside, visitors are welcome to place artificial flowers, flags, fresh flowers, and wreaths. No glass or breakable containers are allowed.  All mementos must be picked up by June 1 for those who wish to retain them.


Online Search for Morris Hill Cemetery Records

History

MHMemorialDay.jpgMorris Hill Cemetery is one of the oldest and most well known cemeteries in the Treasure Valley. The cemetery began in January of 1882, when Mayor James Pinney spent $2,000 of city funds to purchase the eighty acres on the bench from William H. Ridenbaugh and Mrs. Lavinia I. Morris (a widow). Although he was heavily criticized for purchasing the land, the City of Boise took over operation on March 1, 1882.

Some of the causes of death in our first burial record, beginning in 1882, include snow slide, gunshot, murder, dropsy, consumption, poison, falling tree, falling rock, rickets gathering in the head, bright's disease, La Grippe, and steel car accident.

Since the cemetery was originally platted creating thousands of available lots in 1882, more sections have been added over the years, establishing thousands more. The cemetery currently consists of 70 developed (platted) acres, with 55 sections and a mausoleum with over 32,000 interred.

In the 122 years of operation most of the platted lots have been sold, with slightly more than two thousand remaining for sale (about 5% of the total original 38,700). As of October 1, 2011, monument marker lots (upright markers or flat markers) are $1400.00, flat marker lots (flat markers only) are $800.00 and ash lots (cremations only) are $450.00. When fully occupied, the cemetery will always be full of life, from the green grasses to stately trees, with all sorts of wildlife including families of squirrels and birds to the occasional deer, turkey, or fox.

Please feel free to stop by to visit Morris Hill Cemetery, and take the Morris Hill Cemetery Walking Tour. You may contact our office if you have questions.

The Cemetery Main Office is located at the Parks & Recreation Administration Office
1104 Royal Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83706
Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
208-608-7598 E-mail: cemeteryinfo@cityofboise.org

Smoking Prohibition

Boise Smokefree Park SignSmoking is prohibited in all public parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and city-owned golf courses.

NOTE: E-cigarettes are not prohibited under the ordinances.

Towing

Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.