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Friday, August 22, 2014

Roadtrip ~ Florissant Pioneer Cemetery



Florissant Pioneer Cemetery is located a few miles to the southeast of the town of Florissant. The town was originally a Ute Trading Post and had a post office as early as 1873. The cemetery was incorporated in 1874 and was one of the first in the Pikes Peak backcountry.



This cemetery is located on rolling terrain immediately to the east of the Florissant Fossil Beds. The oldest section of the cemetery is located on the top of a knoll immediately after entering the gate. The newer graves sites - it is still in use - are located down the hill. It is a beautiful location with tall pines and aspen as well as wildflowers.




Unfortunately, many of he headstones have been damaged and repaired (like the one above). While others are still missing pieces. The Pikes Peak Historical Society maintains the cemetery and does what it can to repair the tombstones. 




6 comments:

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Old cemeteries are a great place to learn--so sad some feel the need to damage the headstones

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Old tombstones tug at the heart in a special way. Particularly those where the carving and engraving has been effaced by time and erosion.

ditchingthedog said...

I love old cemeteries and this is a beautiful one. A great place to start if you are working on your family tree.

the dogs' mother said...

Loves the Indian Paintbrush wildflower.

Anne Basso said...

I love old cemeteries. I also love old Masonic things, and so I really liked the headstone with the Masonic symbol on it.

Little Messy Missy said...

Beautiful!
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