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.

  4. What is the story of the large monument tjere “In Memory of the Old People Who Died in the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor”?

  5. I do have pictures of the monument but I’m not seeing how I can post them to this site.

      • Thank you. I will. I’m also unclear about a comment above and the physical separation between two cemetery areas. A comment above suggested that the Stamm children monuments are “in the small portion of Sts. Peter & Paul cemetery on the north side of Gravois next to Gatewood Gardens”. When we were in these cemetery areas yesterday we noted a fence separating a seemingly unidentified cemetery area from the identified Gatewood Gardens Cemetery. Are these truly separate cemeteries? The Little Sisters of the Poor monument that I’m wondering about is in the same section as the Stamm children’s monuments. The Little Sisters of the Poor monument has long been surrounded by large expanse of grass without any other tombstones and with the language on the monument I wondered if it was simply a mass burial area for deceased Little Sisters of the Poor home residents.

        • Gary, I suspect that is the case if there is a large expanse of open space. I’m sure the City has the burial plat map. I might try asking around City Hall. As I mentioned before, the City is definitely a reluctant owner of cemeteries nowadays!

  6. Gary, The cemetery office over at Resurrection Cemetery at Watson & Mackenzie rds would have the information you’re looking for. Basically, it comes down to this – if there area you are in is well maintained it belongs to St. Peter & Paul cemetery. If the grounds are pretty rough looking, somewhat overgrown you are in the city owned Gatewood Gardens. Both cemeteries have sections on both sides of Gravois.

    • Interesting…Gatewood Gardens crosses Gravois? I didn’t realize that. SS. Peter and Paul is a very beautiful cemetery. There are not clear fence lines to delineate the two?

      Update: I confirmed this by consulting City property records–how fascinating!

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