Update: Added City plat maps showing boundaries of both New Picker’s/Gatewood Gardens and Sts. Peter and Paul cemeteries to the end of this post in July of 2020.
New Picker’s Cemetery, or Gatewood Gardens Cemetery as it’s now known, possesses some of the oldest history in the City of St. Louis.
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.
For those interested in the exact boundaries of New Picker’s/Gatewood Gardens and its neighbor, Sts. Peter and Paul, here are the official plat maps available to all citizens from the City of St. Louis. First up is the north side of Gravois.
The second map is the south side of Gravois. As readers have stated, both cemeteries have parcels on both sides of Gravois, though both have a larger portion on one side: New Picker’s/Gatewood Gardens is primarily on the north side, and Sts. Peter and Paul is primarily on the south side.