City of Boise searching for Morris Hill Cemetery plot owners
The City of Boise has begun a process to identify owners of burial plots at Morris Hill Cemetery on North Latah.
"For months, city staff members have been searching hand-written ledgers and cemetery records in order to identify and contact the owners," said Amy Stahl with the City of Boise Department of Parks and Recreation. "The process includes mailings, legal advertisements, and a 90-day waiting period. A legal notice of 'last known owners' started running Sept. 10 in The Idaho Statesman."
According to Ken Reeves, Park Division Manager, 543 lots have been identified as being eligible for reconveyance, which is an unclaimed plot that can be re-sold by the city.
Earlier this year, the City of Boise completed a similar reconveyance process for Pioneer Cemetery on E. Warm Springs Ave and determined 272 plots were abandoned.
According to Stahl, Morris Hill Cemetery is one of the oldest and most well-known cemeteries in the Treasure Valley. Operated by Boise Parks & Recreation, the cemetery was created in 1882 when Mayor James Pinney allocated $2,000 of city funds to purchase 80 acres on the Bench. There are currently 41,797 lots in the cemetery.
Photo courtesy City of Boise