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Evergreen Cemetery (originally Mt. Washington Cemetery) was created by General Palmer in 1875 on what was then a plot of land 10 miles from Colorado Springs. Though the cemetery has long since been surrounded by development, it’s still got 90,000 “residents” and growing. It’s still owned by the city, the individual plots are private property of those who purchase them for their loved ones. Because there aren’t a lot of living relatives to tend to the cemetery’s beautiful and important historical plots, many of gravestones from the 1800s have fallen prey to theft, vandalism and simple neglect. As a result, The The Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society has taken many of these plots under its wings with a program called Cemetery Watch and is calling on citizens who visit the cemetery at 1005 S. Hancock Ave. (open until 8 p.m.) to admire the stones help keep an eye on the gravestones.
What better time to visit the cemetery and help keep an eye on these important memorials and artifacts than this Halloween weekend?
You can also visit the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society’s Facebook page for more information about tours, events and more.
Music in the slide show is “No Depression in Heaven” by the Carter Family.