Boise Parks and Recreation hosts a tour of Boise’s Pioneer Cemetery with expert David Habben

David Habben, a local expert in cemetery symbolism and lore, also known as a “taphophile,” will lead two free tours of Pioneer Cemetery, 460 E. Warm Springs Ave., on Memorial Day weekend.

Habben will guide visitors through the cemetery’s 152-year history and point out monuments and customs that make this sacred ground unique. The 90-minute tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23.

The guided tour will introduce visitors to some of the men, women and children who have helped shape Boise’s history. Habben will also highlight some of the cemetery’s unique headstones and monuments, teach the history and meaning of symbols and customs, and impart an appreciation for those who have made the historic Pioneer Cemetery their final resting place.

A Park Ambassador at all three of the city’s cemeteries, Habben conducted a similar tour at Boise’s Morris Hill Cemetery last fall and it was booked to capacity.

Pioneer Cemetery has been in continuous operation since the area was settled in 1863. While some of the names of those buried at this historic site have been lost to time, many others guide us through the rich history of Boise and the Gem State.

Register for the free tours of Pioneer Cemetery online.

For more information, please contact Jerry Pugh, Community Programs Coordinator, at jpugh@cityofboise.org or call 608-7617.