Murray Cemetery register, 1887-1977

Overview of the Collection

Murray Cemetery register
1887-1977 (inclusive)
3 folder
Collection Number
MG 5787
The cemetery register for the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Cemetery in Murray, Idaho. Also included are some receipts and other papers relating to the cemetery.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Murray, Idaho is a small-town northeast of Wallace on Prichard Creek, established when gold was discovered in the Coeur d'Alene mountains. Murray is the oldest existing town in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District; it was first settled in 1883. Previously called Curry and Murraysville, the name was shortened to Murray in 1885. By 1884, the town had grown to a population of between 2000 people, as people came to prospect for gold, but by the end of 1886 it had dropped down to 100 people. The county seat was moved away from Murray in 1898.

Notable figures who lived in Murray, Idaho include Maggie Hall (aka Molly B'Dam) and Wyatt Earp.

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Murray Cemetery was originally created in 1887 with the burial of a Union veteran from the Civil War. The cemetery went on to hold other Union veterans, as well as mining figures from the gold rush era, including Molly B'Dam.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of a cemetery register book for the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery located in Murray, Idaho. The register has entries dated between 1887 and 1915. Other materials in the collection include a history of the Thompson Pass Road written by Mr.s H. McPhee, an obituary for William Everling, a funeral notice for E.W. Burton, a school census marshal's report for School District #2 of Shoshone County, some receipts for labor done on the cemetery and supplies, some checks for the Bank of North Idaho, and some burial and disposal transit permits.

One page from the register is missing. This missing page lists Maggie Hall (aka Molly B'Damn). The missing page can be found in Manuscript Group 92, the Adam Aulbach Scrapbook.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Description of Item], Murray Cemetery register, MG 5787, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by Larry and Sandy Hammer in 2021 (MA 2021-53).

Related Materials

Related materials can be found in Manuscript Group 92, the Adam Aulbach scrapbook.


Miller, Donald C. Ghost Towns of Idaho. 1st ed. Boulder, Colo.: Pruett Pub., 1976. Print.

Hyder, Marla L., and King, Byron D. North Idaho Then & Now. Spokane, Wash: Nostalgia Magazine, 2002. Print.

"Murray Cemetery in Idaho - Find a Grave Cemetery." Find a Grave, 2 Sept. 2018,

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Cemetery RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
GAR Cemetery Register
1 item
Photocopy of Cemetery Register with "The History of Thompson Pass Road"
2 items
Receipts, disposal transit permits, and other materials relating to the cemetery
18 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Cemetery managers

Geographical Names

  • Idaho
  • Murray (Idaho)