Rapid City cemetery receives new ossuarium

RAPID CITY, S.D. — If you’ve visited the Mountain View Mount Calvary Cemeteries recently you may have noticed a stone pillar on the Western edge of the campus.

That would be the city’s new nichely ossuarium.

The first of its kind in the South Dakota, the above ground structure will offer an alternative to traditional burial, which could also help prolong the life of the cemetery.

Craig Nichols, Cemetery Supervisor, said “You can put a lot of burials in small amount of space and cremation is 60% to 80% of the funeral business anymore and so we wanted to give other options to people.”

The mahogany granite structure has space for five hundred and sixty three urns and includes a handicapped-accessible sidewalk.

The city has also reserved greenway to the north of the ossuarium to allow for expansion.

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