Beautiful cemeteries and stunning memorials can be found in the Gold Camp Region. Some cemeteries offer maps for self-guided tours, providing information on the history of the property, as well as the stories of some of the people buried or memorialized there. Located among stunning scenery and peaceful environments, these cemeteries and memorials are peaceful places to visit–on a self-guided tour or to attend one of the guided events that occur throughout the year.
Cripple Creek’s Mt. Pisgah Cemetery
The Mt. Pisgah Cemetery is one of Cripple Creek’s oldest and richest historic sites. For many years the cemetery was neglected and many of the markers were sadly deteriorated. Currently, the City of Cripple Creek maintains the cemetery grounds, repairing historic fences and headstones and trimming the native vegetation. The City welcomes visitors to enjoy the cemetery’s natural setting, but asks you to respect the sacred nature of the site. Please carry out your trash or dispose of it in the bins provided. Please restrain your pets.
This 29-acre cemetery was established in 1892 and currently has more than 2,000 known “residents.” Mt. Pisgah remains a natural site, with many species of native plants and wildflowers. Visitors will be greeted by wild iris, goldenrod, Indian paintbrush and bluebells. Raspberries and strawberries abound in mid-summer, and chipmunks and mountain bluebirds are frequent visitors.
The cemetery has private sections for several fraternal associations, including the Elks, Masons, Eagles and Improved Order of Redmen. Oddfellows headstones are marked by their distinctive logo depicting three interlocking chain links and Woodmen of the World markers are sand-cast in the shape of trees. In the early days, these groups provided assistance for burials and took up collections for widows of members in towns like Cripple Creek where mining accidents were a daily occurrence.
Pikes Peak Region’s Memorial Wall
The citizens of Cripple Creek are proud to establish this memorial and offer it as a place to reflect on the sacrifices for our freedom.
Any members of our Armed Forces who have been killed in action since September 11, 2001 and were stationed at one of our five area installations, had a home of record in El Paso County or Teller County or were Air Force Academy graduates will be listed on the wall in remembrance of their service and sacrifice. The Pikes Peak Region’s Memorial Wall is constructed of Colorado Red granite and other native materials.
The Memorial is open daily, and located at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Victor’s Sunnyside Cemetery
Explore the history of Victor’s Sunnyside Cemetery. Just south of town off 7th Street and a short country road, the cemetery includes graves of young and old who pioneered the gold camp.
Florissant Pioneer Cemetery
The Florissant Pioneer Cemetery is located at 634 County Road # 421 (Upper Twin Rocks Road) in Florissant, Colorado.
Florissant began as a Ute Trading Post built by Judge James Castello in June, 1870. In 1873, Judge Castello applied for an official post office which he named “Florissant” after his hometown in Missouri. Hundreds of pioneers flooded into the area but were unable to file for legal title to homesteads until a survey of the Pikes Peak region was published in 1876. Nonetheless, the ebb and flow of life continued. Numerous graves, many with simple wooden markers, began to dot the hillsides of this peaceful little valley. The earliest legible marker is the granite headstone of a child who died in 1874. It is located in the historic section of the cemetery, which is west of the flag pole.
On April 3, 1888, Frank Castello (son of James) and his neighbor John Wilson applied to El Paso County (Teller County was carved out of El Paso County in 1899) for a “Florissant Cemetery Association” with themselves as Trustees. In November 1900, Frank Castello applied to have only himself named Trustee of the Florissant Cemetery Association. The record is vague after this date, and the cemetery fell into disrepair. The Florissant Heritage Foundation (renamed Pikes Peak Historical Society in 2001) began voluntary maintenance in 1988. In March, 1992, the District Court in Teller County named the Foundation as Trustee of the Cemetery.
When you visit the Pioneer Cemetery, remember that you are walking on hallowed ground. Please treat it as such. The Pikes Peak Historical Society offers a $500 reward for information on any vandals.