Myth Busting Stuart
There are several misconceptions about Stuart Cemetery I would like to clear up.
By far the most frequent misconception is that Stuart Cemetery is in Stuart, Iowa. Nothing could be further from the truth. The city of Stuart, Iowa actually straddles the line between Guthrie County, and Adair County. To the best of my knowledge, the only cemetery actually in Stuart, Iowa is Calvary Cemetery, which is located in the portion of the city falling within Adair County.
Another misconception is that Stuart Cemetery is located in and maintained by the city of Des Moines, Iowa. Would that it were so. All cemeteries in Des Moines are maintained by the city Department of Parks and Recreation. As mentioned in an earlier, Stuart Cemetery is located in a rural part of southeast Polk County not lying within the city limits of either Des Moines or Pleasant Hill and is maintained by Four Mile Township. (The map on the right shows Four Mile Township. The “1” on the right-hand side is the location of Stuart Cemetery.)
A third misconception is that Stuart Cemetery is not an active cemetery. This is also false. Although they are infrequent, Four Mile Township does provide openings and closings for new burials.
Myth Busting Complete!