Annual ACM Conference

This year, the annual conference for the Associated Cemeteries of Missouri was held at Tan-Tar-A Resort from July 19-21. Two board members and our Family Services Representative traveled to the conference to listen to the speakers, visit with the vendors, and catch up on old acquaintances. (To be clear, it’s the acquaintanceships which are old,Read more


When visiting Zion, and other cemeteries in the area, you are likely to come across grave markers shaped like tree trunks. These mark the graves of the Woodmen of the World. Zion is home to a particularly large and impressive Woodman monument just inside the gate. Learn about this interesting organization here.Read more

Tidbits about Zion

1883-1917  The early minutes of the cemetery board were written in German and reflect life at that time. 1883   The first interment took place at the cemetery in December. Originally, the property contained a stable, a barn, a picnic shelter, and a lake. 1885    The cemetery board posted signs prohibiting tying your horse to aRead more

Coming Back from the Brink

Many small cemeteries that do not have endowments have become neglected over the years. But sometimes, a group of dedicated volunteers get together to do something about that. Two historic African-American cemeteries in St. Louis are currently under the care of such volunteers. Father Dickson Cemetery, Crestwood. This cemetery fell into ruin during the latterRead more

Zion’s Public Section

Zion Cemetery has an area designated as the Public Section, which is located to the south of the office building and continues to St. Charles Rock Rd. It was described in records as a section for paupers (those of limited financial means). The section was started in 1884 when the cemetery opened and was used heavilyRead more

Floral Decorations

We now have silk flowers available for purchase in our office. We offer a variety of seasonal bouquets and we also have red, white and blue bouquets for the Patriotic Holidays.Read more

Gardening Opportunity

Need a hobby? Like gardening? We will be installing native plants around the cemetery and are looking for volunteers to help plant and maintain them. If interested please call or text us at (314) 721-8631, send an email to, or stop by our office between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.Read more

The Mausoleum

John Cordes and his son-in-law August Jasper had this private mausoleum erected in 1902. The first entombment was that of Cordes’ other son-in-law, August Johnson, on February 9, 1906. August Johnson was 39 years old. He had been ill and in an institution in St. Louis until his death. According to a letter in theRead more

We’re out there

Now you can find us in many places. Check us out on Twitter @ ZionCemeteryStL and Instagram @ zioncemeterystl. Plus you can review us on Yelp, Google Places & Bing Places.Read more

What is the ACM?

Perhaps you spotted the Associated Cemeteries of Missouri logo on the front page of our website; perhaps you even wondered what it was. The organization was founded in 1958 and is dedicated to helping cemeteries network with others and to keep an eye on legislation being debated in Jefferson City that concerns cemetery management. Zion joinedRead more