Historic Fairview Cemetery: THE Place to be Buried Since 1881

On Sunday, July 16, 2023, Gail Rubin spoke about about the history and current status of Historic Fairview Cemetery. The program was held at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town.

Photo of Benard S. Rodey grave marker

In 1880, the railroad came to Albuquerque, prompting an era of growth in New Mexico. The population boomed as people came here to pursue opportunities. People lived, people died, and starting in 1881, people were buried in what would become Fairview Cemetery on the sandy mesa east of New Town Albuquerque. Learn about the development of the cemetery, the early Albuquerque funeral homes that buried people there, and some of the notable people among Fairview’s “permanent residents.”

Photo of Gail RubinGail Rubin is the president of the nonprofit organization charged with maintaining the grounds and sharing the history of Historic Fairview Cemetery. The cemetery, located at 700 Yale Blvd. SE, is the final resting place for notable people who influenced the development of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the United States. Ms. Rubin is also a pioneering death educator, author, speaker, podcaster and coordinator of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival (October 16-21, 2023).


Photo of Albert G. Simms, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms and Medill McCormick.
Albert G. Simms, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms and Medill McCormick, who died while mountain climbing on Sandía Peak. The boulder he was found on is at the head of the trio’s graves at Historic Fairview Cemetery.