Wyuka Announces Upcoming Walking Tour
A walking tour of Wyuka Cemetery (wyuka.com) led by renowned local historian Ed Zimmer will be offered on Sunday, June 24 beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free and tourgoers are instructed to meet in front of the Rudge Chapel.
Steeped in history, Wyuka Cemetery is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In 1894, the City of Havelock purchased land for the use of a cemetery, and in 1930, when it was annexed to the City of Lincoln, Wyuka was put under the care of the city’s Parks & Recreation department. It spans 15 acres and still follows the pattern of a country cemetery, with 26 sections currently being used as well as a columbarium.
Many of the pioneers of Lincoln’s past are memorialized at Wyuka Cemetery. Featured gravesites on the walking tour that have historical significance will include entrepreneurs such as Nathan and Evelyn Gold of Gold’s Department store and civic leaders such as Ida Robbins, founding member of Lincoln General Hospital and the Lincoln YMCA.
If you’re unable to attend the walking tour but would like to explore this beautiful city landmark, self-guided tours are welcome at any time. Both entrances (Adams St. and 84th St.) are without gates and guests have access to the property dawn to dusk, 7 days a week.