|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls
Soldiers Orphans Monument
This is a 15 foot shaft with rose colored polished granite. According to legend, 13 children perished in a fire at the Cedar Falls Soldiers' Orphans' Home established by Annie Wittenmyer. They were buried in this area in Fairview Cemetery. These were children of Union soldiers. Other information indicates that they actually died in a measles epidemic in 1866. Their names are inscribed on the monument which was erected in 1887. The cemetery is off W 12th Street in the central part of Cedar Falls. Take the west entrance - the monument is straight ahead on the left side of the road. Photos taken 4/14/08.