Saturday, April 7, 2012

G: Grandview Cemetery

Grandview Cemetery, established in 1887, is the oldest continually operating cemetery in Fort Collins. The land was purchased in 1887 for $50 an acre, which seems like a lot to me, considering that Alaska was purchased twenty years earlier for about 2 cents per acre. The first interment, a 3-month-old baby named Felix Scoville, occurred on November 21 of that year. Remains from the Mountain Home Cemetery, abandoned in 1873, were reinterred at Grandview in late 1887.








Memorial statues include a Soldier's Monument and a Fireman's Statue, circa 1905 and 1909, respectively. The influenza epidemic of 1918 made the opening of additional lots necessary. Today, Grandview covers approximately 45 developed acres and is the final resting place for many Fort Collins founders, and veterans from the Civil War forward.



Every September, the city hosts a cemetery stroll, with actors performing graveside portrayals of historic people buried at Grandview. I've never been; maybe this will be my year.



4 comments:

lizy-expat-writer said...

Please do the cemetery stroll - and blog about it of course!

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

As a social worker, I normally look at cemeteries as a place for closure, for families to make some peace with their past losses and grieving... but until now I never though a cemetery would have so much history to tell... I love this post!

Doris
www.doris-socialworker.blogspot.com

Dianna Fielding said...

What an interesting place! Thanks for sharing.

Good luck with the challenge!

Dianna Fielding
sociologyfornerds.com

Nel said...

How interesting! I may have to go on findagrave.com and see how many are listed there. We stayed at Fort Collins for a couple nights 3 years ago. Beautiful area! Loveland was beautiful also.
until next time... nel