Cowles Hill Cemetery

This cemetery is located 6 miles to the NW of Nebraska City, off Highway 73/75, on the NE corner of the intersection of 55th & 'D' roads.
"Cowles Hill Cemetery, located in Wyoming Precinct, consists of three acres in the Southwest corner of the Southeast quarter of Section 15, Township nine, Range three, Otoe County, Nebraska. The Cemetery Association was organized August 5, 1870 at a meeting held in the Giles School House.
This organization, with J.H. Gregg as chairman and A.T. McCartney as clerk, purchased a plot of ground from Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cowles fir the sum of $50.00 on December 26, 1872. Two of the Cowles children had previously been buried on this plot of ground. Cowles Hill Cemetery Association held the first Memorial services in 1896 in the Wyoming Methodist Church next to the cemetery. These services have been held annually for eighty-six years in the same building.
In 1938 a boulder, seven feet high and weighing ten tons, was placed near the gate to the cemetery. A plaque, on this stone, bears the inscription, 'In memory of the Pioneers of This Community.' The cemetery is maintained by a perpetual care fund established in 1929. The cemetery is a tribute to our founding fathers and posterity." (1)
Burial Listing:  A complete listing of burials can be found in the Members Only Section.  
Gravestone Photographs:
Point of Contact:
Cowles Hill Cemetery Association
804 Central Ave.
Nebraska City, NE 68410-2409
Cemetery Photographs:
Works Cited:

(1) Baier, Mary. Otoe County, Nebraska, 1983: Otoe County History. [Nebraska City, Neb.]: Otoe County Historical Society and Otoe County Museum Society, 1983. 75. Print.


View Larger Map



Genealogy Events

Did you pay your 2019 DUES?  Thank you for your continued support - we need your membership to maintain our school signs and to keep our website.  If you haven't - please go to the Membership page for membership form/address. Be sure to check out the Syracuse, Elmwood, Seward and many other area newspapers ONLINE !!  Links are provided to the left of this side bar.



 Meetings are the 3rd Saturday of the Month - watch our FB page and our website for details each month.

February 9th -  Unadilla Resource Room 9:30AM - please share your program ideas to the Officers - they're planning events/programs for 2019!!

Resource room is always available by appointment - Contact Barb Wilhelm.  It is open on the 2nd Saturday of the month 9:30 - 11:00 for your research needs!


April Workshop - attaching your digital records to your ancestors and printing your family history book - Details TBA in January 2019!!  


 Program Ideas - Come & share with us!!!  We want to make the Society interesting to all Otoe County area residents or descendants of Otoe County Pioneers!!

New Online information & research tips

(find more FREE sites on Our MEMBERS ONLY PAGE!)

Pennsylvania Vital Death Records - Download in PDF format!  1906-1967




Let us know if this was helpful with your research by commenting on our Facebook Page.  These will be here for about 30 days and then we'll share some new sites.  


Syracuse Museum of Memories - Looking for Volunteers.  They meet every Wednesday, 9AM.  Open every Sunday afternoon - May-October, else by Appointment.  See their page on our site for further details. 


2018 Meeting Minutes

March 2018 Minutes

February 2018 MinutesMinutes