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Riverside Cemetery

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1854 and later. Southeast edge of town, E34, just east of Wapsipinicon

Within the Riverside Cemetery is the grave of Grant Wood. The compound for the Wood family is announced by a sleeping stone lion; Grant Wood's own marker is a modest, simple granite block, with a single polished surface. The surface of the block is raised only from the surrounding ground. Within a wooded hilly section of terrain is located this very early cemetery. It was from the beginning treated in the “natural” fashion of the picturesque English garden. This was enhanced under the guidance of the painter Ossian Simonds, who added more winding roads and planted trees with contrasting open glades.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Riverside Cemetery", [Anamosa, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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