New Picker’s Cemetery, Gatewood Gardens Cemetery


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.



  1. Chris, I don’t know if you’ve seen the articles about the burial site of Col. Constantin Blandowski at Gatewood Gardens. He’s buried in the old section at 7212 Gravois. He was supposed to be the 1st Union officer killed in the Civil War- turns out he might have been #2. His grave is unmarked but I don’t think that was always the case- there is the base of a monument at what is reputed to be his grave but the top, which would have had names on it, is long gone. Also adding to the confusion is the fact he is not listed in the cemetery’s on line records. Enjoyed your pictures. Dan Barnidge

  2. Not to be nit picky but the pictures you posted of the three Stamm children’s graves? They’re not in Gatewood Gardens Cemetery. They are in the small portion of Sts. Peter & Paul cemetery on the north side of Gravois next to Gatewood Gardens. Gatewood rarely looks so well maintained.

    • Interesting…yes, it is confusing over that way in the cemetery business.

  3. I was told the first Union soldier was buried near the back of (Old Pickers) Sts. Peter and Paul. I’ll have to do more investigating as Gateway Gardens is just behind the houses across the street from me.

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