HISTORY OF SILVER LAKE CEMETERY:
Between 1892 and 1909, HFBA buried 13,600 impoverished Jews at Silver Lake Cemetery. Over half were infants and children.
Originally planned for just 4,000 burials, the cemetery filled beyond capacity by 1909. Opportunistic trees, vandalism, and the ravages of nature and time have wrought major damage. Remains have shifted away from their burial spots, headstones have been overturned, and most headstones have disappeared.
Poor drainage means that areas are flooded after heavy rains, creating small ponds. Flooding mainly occurs in the children’s section.