Rosedale Cemetary is located in southeast Doniphan County, about midway between Doniphan and Wathena. It is located a few miles north of the Geary City townsite. The Geary City townsite itself is difficult to locate unless you are already aware of its location.
This cemetary is also referred to as the Cordonier Cemetary.
From Troy, go south on State Highway 7. When Hwy 7 curves to the right, continue straight south on Last Chance Road. Stay on this road. After about four miles, the pavement will end *, but the gravel road will continue south. Going another three miles or so, the road will curve to the left (east). After a mile it will curve to the right (south). Another curve to the left for a mile, and then it will go south. (At this curve is the Spring Grove School.) At about another one mile, there will be a stop sign at a "T" in the road.
Turn left (east). Follow this road, which will go up and down several hills, and make several curves, mostly to the left. At one point, the road will flatten out at the bottom of a hill. There will be a few houses along the road, in a lot of trees. Continuing on, you will be able to see the Missouri River to the right, just as you cross a new cement bridge. This is the old Geary City townsite.
Still staying on the main road, you will begin to go up and down hills again. After a few (two or three) miles, at the top of a hill will be a narrow road to the right, which is marked by a sign that says, "Rosedale Cemetary". The cemetary is visible from the main road.
This route is best if you are also planning on visiting Doniphan or King Hill cemetaries.
*Another, more direct, route is to turn left at the crossroad just before the pavement ends on Last Chance. Stay on this road, which will curve to the right after several miles and then come to a "T" shortly thereafter. At the "T", turn right. The road will curve to the left mostly and after only a mile or two you will see the sign for the Rosedale Cemetary, and the cemetary itself, on the left.
Please Note: These roads can be treacherous after heavy rains. Doniphan County is notorious for its loess soil, which turns to mud when wet. Use caution when driving. I wouldn't recommend taking a passenger car onto any ungravelled road when the ground is saturated, unless you're prepared to walk out if you get stuck.
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