Opened in 1845, the Allegheny Cemetery is the sixth oldest cemetery in America and has expanded over the years to now encompass 300 acres. It is the oldest institution of its kind west of the Allegheny Mountains.
The cemetery lies on the southern slope of the Allegheny River just a few miles upstream from the rivers junction with the Monongahela to form the Ohio. Rock outcroppings here are sandstone and shale, with gravel beds revealing river gravel of both sandstone and granite.
Some of the oldest graves are of soldiers who fought in the French & Indian War (1754-1763), which were moved here from their original burial site at Pittsburgh's Trinity Cathedral downtown.
Among the famous people buried in Allegheny Cemetery are professional baseball player Marcus Baldwin (1863-1929), United States Treasury Secretary Walter Forward (1786-1852), department store founder Joseph Horne (1826-1891), financier Thomas Mellon (1813-1908), jazz musician Stanley Turrentine (1934-2000) --- and the city's first mayor, Ebenezer Denny (1761-1822).
For most of the year, the cemetery is open daily 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call for seasonal hours.
Free, on-site parking is available.