Greenwood Cemetery, the First Fifty Years

Greenwood Cemetery is the final resting place for over 8,000 people who either lived in or had some tie to Bemidji. Learn about the layout of the city’s first cemetery, its history and the history of a few of those who are buried there. Greenwood has its own Potters’ Field, the G.A.R. section for Civil War veterans, a monument to Shay-now-ish-kung (Chief Bemidji), tiny flat memorial stones and impressive headstones. Greenwood Cemetery was the topic for the Adventures in Lifelong Learning lecture on March 11, 2014. The lecture included discussion of some of the problems encountered by early sextons, city and county officials in maintaining this aspect of Bemidji’s history. To learn more about the cemetery and the notes used for this lecture, visit the Beltrami County History Center located in the former Great Northern Depot in Bemidji.


"Bermidji" Book CoverWelcome to This site focuses on the rich history of Bemidji and the surrounding area. It is meant to provide “I remember that! moments for those who’ve grown up in the Bemidji area. The Beltrami County History Center is another wonderful resource. This site is intended to supplement the more formal historical documentation of the region with the everyday aspects of life around Bemidji in the past 2 centuries.

Many tidbits of Bemidji history didn’t make it into my books about the region for various reasons. Many will be published here, so please check back occasionally for more articles and pictures. If you have any stories, photos or questions, please e-mail me at or contact me at the address below.

Cecelia Wattles McKeig, 11973 12th Ave NE, Federal Dam, MN 56641