New Picker’s Cemetery, or Gatewood Garden Cemetery as it’s now known, possesses some of the oldest history in the City of St. Louis.
It traces its roots back to Tower Grove East, the current location of Roosevelt High School, but apparently turned into a privately-owned cemetery that went broke.
German Lutheran institutions are dying out, as seen by the closure of St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, and this is another example.
At least it didn’t end up like Old St. Marcus, which was turned into a park and its tombstones removed.
Here is a detailed report from the St. Louis website on the long, winding history of the cemetery and how it ended up in the city’s hands.