Mount Pisgah currently has nearly 6,000 burials. The earliest known monument is for Fanny Baugh who died in 1879 but she is not buried in the cemetery. The earliest known burial is for Phil Ward in 1891. Many of Gillette’s early pioneers and noteworthy citizens can be found at Mount Pisgah.
There are over 850 veterans buried at Mount Pisgah, their graves are marked by the white crosses that can be seen throughout the cemetery. There is an American Legion section in the cemetery, Block D. The American Legion Post #42 conducts ceremonies on Memorial Day to honor our soldiers who have passed on in Mount Pisgah.
Many people have asked why the cemetery is named Mount Pisgah. It is a Biblical name. Some translators of the biblical book of Deuteronomy translate Pisgah as a name of a mountain, usually referring to Mount Nebo. In the Bible, God commanded Moses to climb up and view the Promised Land from Mount Nebo: “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho”. (Deuteronomy 34:1). Pisgah in Hebrew refers to a “high place” like the top of a mountain or to a cleft. In translation, Pisgah lost its meaning and became a mountain’s proper name instead of being a term describing a “high place’ or “ridge”. Thus, the term refers to a geographic region; a collection of mountain summits.