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Old Trail Cemetery
Kootenay Boundary, British Columbia, Canada

City of Trail, BC
1394 Pine Ave Trail, BC V1R 4E6
Tel: 250.364.0832
Fax:250.364.0830
Email: npaolone@cityoftrail.com

Lat: 49° 19' 05"N, Lon: 117° 38' 41"W

Transcribed by Maggie Rail, © Feb 08, 2004, last edited Aug 07, 2010 [mrail@asisna.com]. Total records = 808.

From Rossland heading toward Trail the cemetery is just before you come into Trail on Hwy 3B on the north side of the road, just past the Mountain View Cemetery.

The Trail Cemetery was established with the city in the late 1800's and was located in the Tadanac region on Aldridge Avenue. In 1957 it was decided to relocate the cemetery. All interments were moved to their current location, 8 kilometres north of Trail on Highway 3B. They chose to use the lower section of Mountain View cemetery land for this. The two cemeteries are across the road from each other. This is one of three cemeteries owned and maintained by the city of Trail. Knights of Pythias Cemetery is the third.

Each headstone is the same in the new area, with some having only a surname and may or may not have a date, sometimes two dates. Some with both surname and given name and no dates some with both names and both dates. It appears they did not concern themselves with details or try to keep families together and I found some in error on the new stones, after I read the old stones. I have tried to make notes to denote this when I caught it.

The old monuments which could be moved were saved and placed in several rows in the back part of the new location. They are very close together, each with no base, so to keep them standing there is gravel and other debris over the bottom of the monuments, making it difficult to read the inscription on some. They do seem to have them maintained well, so as to preserve them. None of the bodies are buried in the area where the old monuments are. The burials are all out in the main part of the cemetery using the new flat stones to identify the gravesites. No new burials take place, and no lots sold, in cemetery with a few exceptions due to previously purchased plots or agreements.

I walked and read this cemetery on Jul 14, 2003, using my digital camera. This includes all existing headstones. I have a photo of all existing and legible stones and markers. When the record says photo, that is a photo on the stone. If anyone sees an error, do not hesitate to contact me about it. Information in parenthesis is not on headstone. I am quite sure I do not have all of the names of those buried here and suspect there could be errors.

- Maggie Rail

Legend:
s/w = stone with
s/by = stone by, usually like stones
P=plot
* = from historical records
In parenthesis, from the Sexton files

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