Bluff City Cemetery


Owned and operated by the City of Elgin, Bluff City Cemetery is a nonsectarian cemetery that has provided the final resting place for area residents since 1889. Bluff City Cemetery’s 108-acres of well maintained grounds, bordering fen and butterfly garden provide a beautiful and peaceful setting for visitors to remember loved ones.

Download a map of Bluff City Cemetery.

Visiting Hours

April 1 - October 31 (seven days a week), 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

November 1 - March 31 (seven days a week), 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Burial Services

Bluff City Cemetery offers a wide variety of burial options including:

  • Single, companion, and family plots
  • Ground inurnment of cremains
  • Above ground space for placing cremains in the Bluff City Cemetery Columbarium
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Services can be scheduled seven days a week and staff can assist families in obtaining veterans markers.

Genealogy Services

Staff is available during normal business hours to look up specific burial locations for the purpose of gravesite visitation. Genealogy requests will be handled on a first come, first serve basis, as time permits. Ideally, requests should be made in writing or phoned in to the office. Genealogy requests can also be handled through the Elgin Historical Society. 

Cemetery Guidelines

For the mutual protection of lot owners and the cemetery as a whole, the following rules and regulations have been adopted by the City of Elgin as the rules and regulations in accordance with Section 2.24 of Elgin City Code. All lot owners and visitors within the cemetery, and the sale and ownership of all lots, shall be subject to these rules and regulations and to such other rules and regulations, amendments or altercations as shall be adopted the City of Elgin from time to time. The reference to these rules and regulations in the deed or certificate of ownership to a lot shall have the same force and effect as if set forth in full therein. The rules contained herein are subject to any and all ordinances of the City, now or hereafter place in effect. A copy of the Cemetery’s General Rules and Guidelines can be downloaded here.

The placing of items such as rocks, stones, ground level mulch, shells toys, spinners, containers, figurines, statues, ground installed vigil lights, garden stones, metal designs, ornaments, chairs, settees, fences and similar articles upon lots will not be permitted and if placed Management reserves the right to remove them.

Glass, clay or plastic containers or receptacles, shepherd hooks or similar items, lot or bed edgings regardless of material, unauthorized markers or monuments (including all temporary markers) and artificial flowers not in approved containers are not permitted and may be removed by Management.

The following constitutes approved practices:

A. Natural or artificial flowers only if placed in an approved in-ground vase (Limit 1) which would need to be installed by a company that is licensed and insured to work in Bluff City Cemetery. Bluff City Cemetery is not responsible for any stolen or damaged vases.

B. One nation flag per space for one week prior to and following Memorial Day, July 4th, Flag Day and Veterans Day.

C. Ground plantings within twelve (12) inches of the front of a marker as long as plantings do not encroach into alleyways. A scale sketch should be provided to the office for awareness during maintenance.

The City of Elgin hereby expressly reserves the right to adopt additional Rules and Regulations or to amend, alter or repeal any rule, regulation, article, section, paragraph or sentence in these Rules and Regulations, at any time, and without notice.