Mount Pisgah Cemetery

Cripple Creek, Teller, Colorado, United States

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In 1890, gold was found in the Cripple Creek region, and soon the district's population swelled to more than 30,000. Land for this 40-acre public cemetery was donated on March 21, 1895, by Horace W. Bennett and Julius A. Myers of Denver to the Mount Pisgah Cemetery Association. It's said they considered the hilly tract unsuitable for pasture or residential use and thus unsalable. They did retain mineral rights but noted that any mining would be done "without injury to the surface." The earliest marked burial is that of James Gozad, who died May 11, 1892, so the land was in use as a cemetery before 1895. The cemetery is located on the eastern slope of Mount Pisgah, overlooking Cripple Creek to the east. From Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek (the main street), drive to the west end and turn right at B Street. Turn left at Carr Avenue and drive approximately one-half mile. The cemetery entrance is on the left. According to GPS-derived geolocation (accurate to within 10 meters), the cemetery's coordinates are 38°44'56.2"N and 105°11'39.4"W. The cemetery is landscaped with natural grasses, flowers, wild rose and raspberry bushes, and aspen trees. Fraternal organizations, including Eagles, Elks, Masons, and the Improved Order of Redmen, have fenced locations for their members. The veterans section includes graves of 38 Civil War veterans moved in the 1920s or 1930s from the original GAR Cemetery near Victor when gold was discovered there. The names of some of the veterans were lost during the move, hence the markers for unknown soldiers. Several Spanish-American War veterans and one Confederate soldier are also buried here. The decorative archway entrance to the cemetery was created by Cripple Creek native James L. "Butch" Ward. A welder and iron worker, Ward also created the entrances to the Sunnyside Cemetery at Victor and the Fourmile Cemetery. Visitors to this historic cemetery are common. Popular graves include those of Old Homestead madam Pearl DeVere and Dr. Susan Anderson, pioneer doctor of Cripple Creek and Grand County on whom the TV character Dr. Quinn is said to be based. Even the grave of a horse attracts visitors who know about it. In 1895, the cemetery was platted and a map remains in the courthouse, but it doesn't closely resemble the current layout and any original burial records have been lost. In 1994, the City of Cripple Creek contracted with Dr. Charlene Porsild for an inventory of the cemetery. She laid out a grid and numbered the graves sequentially in the lower (eastern) half of the cemetery and did an alphabetical name inventory of the upper (western) half. Porsild estimated that approximately 4,000 graves are unmarked. A 1979 survey shows the fenced area is about 29.9 acres.
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