Springdale Cemetery is a peaceful place of great beauty, deep meaning, and rich history. It is where people from all religions, cultures, and walks of life come to remember and honor loved ones. This 225-acre cemetery, founded in 1855, has over six miles of roadways winding through its hills and valleys and is the final resting place for almost 70,000 people with room for many more. We provide burial services, cremation services, and a variety of memorial options and products. Springdale also has a large public mausoleum for those who prefer above-ground space, fifteen private family mausoleums, a scattering garden, and a designated area where people can bury their beloved pets. Springdale, with many more acres of land to develop, is city owned and accessible to the public.
Springdale, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed to be both a cemetery and park for Peoria and is a place for both remembrance and enjoyment. Today, as always, people come here to honor those who have gone before and to celebrate life by jogging, hiking or riding their bicycles. Visitors have the benefit of the many miles of beautiful roads and trails that wind through the hills and valleys of this vast nature preserve. They enjoy the bluffs with scenic vistas, forested pathways, flowing streams, flower-covered meadows, savanna and majestic river views.
Our business and arrangements office is on the right as visitors enter the cemetery from Prospect Road. Please stop in to meet our staff and find out about Springdale. If you wish to explore, pick up our self-guided tour brochure or find out about narrated trolley tours during the summer where you will learn even more about springdale's history, topography, autumn historic tours, and details of the interesting lives of the many memorable people who are buried here.
- Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world. ...Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)
- Show me first the graveyards of a country and I will tell you the true character of the people. ...Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
- A cemetery is a memorial, a record; not a mere field in which the dead are buried... (H)istory... is inscribed upon the slabs and gravestones, telling the story of the by-gone days, not of institutions, wars, governments or ideas, but of the lives of men, women and children. Sara John English in The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 1936.
- While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. ...John Taylor (1753 - 1824)
- Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. ...Isaac Azimov (1920 - 1992)
- To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root. ...an ancient Chinese proverb