Eldora Miner Raleigh was a woman of great strength and an avid curiosity. As a young girl, she began to make notes about the old buildings and the people who were a part of the history of Newburgh, Indiana. As a grown woman, she was the first in the area to advocate for the women’s rights to vote. She was also the first woman to serve on the Newburgh City Council.

In her book called “History Of Newburgh And Warrick County,� she stated how the first formally laid out cemetery, known as Myrtle Ridge was designed and begun in 1846. Even today, in the springtime, attention is drawn to the quaint burial grounds beside the awesome purple blossoms of a stately Paulownia tree that grows there. A well-traveled and education woman, she brought the original seedlings back from one of her many world travels to share their beauty and planted them to enhance the spot where her parents and sisters lay in their final resting place.

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