Have you ever driven to a cemetery to find a grave only to discover the cemetery is huge, nobody is "at home" in the office and you have no clue where to start looking? Many larger cemeteries have directories of some sort that assist in locating graves.
The North Platte Cemetery (North Platte, NE) is located on West Rodeo Road which is also Highway 30. It is on 30 developed acres, with an additional 15 acres undeveloped for future needs. The original cemetery in the 1860s was located at Fourth and Locust Streets which is now in-town. The North Platte Cemetery Association was established on 13 December 1872. They purchased five acres of land at $20 per acre for a new cemetery. About six months later the land was divided into lots and offered for $10 each. In 1884 Mrs. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) sold an additional 10 acres of land to the association, making a total of 15 acres.
Through the years the cemetery has developed and enlarged in size, making it almost impossible to locate a grave without some assistance or map. The North Platte Genealogical Society has established a Electronic Directory Fund at Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation in North Platte. The intent is to raise $25,000 for the directory, plus more for maintenance. Because of the 501(c) (3) status of the foundation, donors will be able to make contributions that are tax deductible. They are hoping that people consider the fund for a memorial designation or a donation in memory of a loved one.