The Story Behind This Unique Mausoleum in Nebraska Is Heartbreaking

Are you familiar with the Rose Creek Mausoleum? Well, imagine walking around in the woods one day and suddenly stumbling across a hand-carved cave that was meant to be someone’s final resting place. In Rose Creek Wildlife Management Area just outside of Fairbury (Jefferson County), you can have just such an experience.

Getting to the mausoleum is a feat in itself. The hike is steep, slippery, and at times treacherous. If you go in the winter or after rain, you’ll encounter slick conditions. The trail is right next to Rose Creek and is utterly beautiful. The video below shows a hike in and out, giving an idea of what it is like to traverse the trail.

The video below gives some more general history of the mausoleum.

So, did you know about this unique mausoleum in Nebraska? Have you ever encountered Rose Creek Mausoleum while hiking in Rose Creek WMA? Know of any other unique sites hiding along the state’s hiking trails? Whatever it is, tell us!

For more unusual places to go in the state, check out this list of nine of the weirdest places in Nebraska.

Address: 68352, Fairbury, NE 68352, USA

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Rose Creek Mausoleum

October 07, 2022

What’s the most beautiful hike in Nebraska?

The hike to Rose Creek Mausoleum is not the only Nebraska hike worth mentioning. The state is brimming with unforgettable hiking trails, including the Riverview Boardwalk. Nestled within the Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, the Riverview Boardwalk meanders nearly 1.5 miles through some of the forest’s most beloved areas. Along the way, hikers are afforded scenic views of a river, downtown Omaha, and more. A great trek for hikers of all abilities, the boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. The Riverview Boardwalk isn’t the only great hike in the Fontenelle Forest, though. There’s also the Hidden Lake Trail. It’s not as well known as the Riverview Boardwalk, but it boasts beautiful vistas, including a serene, secluded lake.

Can I hike to abandoned places in Nebraska?

The Rose Creek Mausoleum is just one of several abandoned places in Nebraska that you can hike to. There are actually quite a few, and St. Deroin is one of them. Likely the state’s most easily accessible ghost town, St. Deroin is situated within Indian Cave State Park. The now-deserted town was founded in 1854, making it one of the earliest settlements in the Nebraska Territory. At its peak, St. Deroin was home to roughly 300 residents. The town’s demise isn’t much different than most ghost towns: the railroad passed by St. Deroin, eventually forcing all traffic to nearby towns. The final nail in the coffin, so to speak, came in 1911, when St. Deroin suffered a disastrous flood. Today, the town’s memory lives on through a restored schoolhouse and the (allegedly haunted) St. Deroin Cemetery – both of which can be easily explored by park-goers.

Address: 68352, Fairbury, NE 68352, USA

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