Friday, October 23, 2015

A Pioneer Cemetery

Most people celebrate Halloween by dressing up in scary costumes,
telling ghost stories or watching vampire movies. 

But I see this holiday differently.
I think Halloween is a perfect time to visit a historic cemetery. 
I don't see old cemeteries as scary. In fact, I think they're beautiful, timeless places. 


They give us the opportunity to honor those who have passed on 
and left something for the next generation to value. 

Whether it's preserving our union by fighting in a war . . .


or helping to build our country as pioneers or early civic leaders  . . .


 these historic cemeteries are inspiring and beautiful in their way. 


So on a cool cloudy day just before Halloween,
we drove to Riverside Cemetery on the northern edge of Denver. 
Riverside is the oldest cemetery in Denver and many of our early settlers are buried there. 
In fact, it's referred to as Denver's Pioneer Cemetery.

I applaud an ongoing project to make this an ecological space
by planting native prairie grasses and restoring a nearby wetland. 

I think these old cemeteries are beautiful, peaceful and sacred. 


Some of the monuments are works of art.


Some are grand.


Others are small and sweet.


Some tell a story. . .


some make you smile . . .


others tear at your heart . . .


and some simply give you a feeling of peace.


This time of year is celebrated in various ways in different countries.
Many venerate those who have died with prayers or by placing candles and food on graves.



25 comments:

  1. Sweet lamb marking a child, sad and precious.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  2. We have a lamb monument just like that in our old Negro cemetery and I passed by it every day as I walked home from elementary school. It always made me sad to see that childs' grave. I, too, love old cemeteries and the monuments, headstones and markers tell their stories. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi Susan, Yes, old cemeteries tell great stories if we just listen. Sounds like you do. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. So glad you posted this, I have used the cemetery in a book I am working on about the early days of Denver. Great pictures, and somehow you have captured the wind and elements in them. Great post, thanks, Sandi

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    1. Hi Sandi, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. If you need pixs for your book (which I'd love to read), let me know if I can help.

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  4. I love your pictures! I love old cemeteries too, so much history!

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    1. Thank you so much. Isn't it interesting that we who love pretty old things are often history buffs!

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  5. So much charm in old cemetery markers. The lamb marker is especially beautiful and touching. Great post! Visiting from Creative Country Mom's. Jane

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    1. Hi Jane, I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I too feel a serene and peaceful feeling in cemeteries. We visited a few while in New England. Some of the headstones are so interesting and I'm always partial to the sweet lambs. Old woman's home made me smile too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hey Jann, I'll bet New England has got some fascinating old cemeteries. These places speak to those of us who love history. Thanks for visiting.

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  7. Very nice! I keep meaning to visit the cemetery near us where the Wright brothers and so many other local geniuses are resting. You've inspired me.

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    1. Hi Nan, Thanks so much for visiting. Where are the Wright Bros buried?

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    2. Hi Nan, Thanks so much for visiting. Where are the Wright Bros buried?

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  8. I love a good cemetery myself, Pat, and in fact did a post on Albany Rural Cemetery not too long ago. I agree, they contain beautiful works of art--you photographed them so well. Great post--so glad you brought it to Vintage Charm!

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  9. Diana, As soon as I got your comment, I went to your blog to read your cemetery post. Beautiful photos and such an interesting place. My sister and I spent a week visiting old cemeteries in rural Ohio when we were researching our genealogy. They really bring life to our long-gone ancestors.

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  10. Diana, As soon as I got your comment, I went to your blog to read your cemetery post. Beautiful photos and such an interesting place. My sister and I spent a week visiting old cemeteries in rural Ohio when we were researching our genealogy. They really bring life to our long-gone ancestors.

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  11. These monuments are beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! So glad you appreciate their beauty.

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  12. Love to see your part of the world hun. We have several old stones not far from the house, but none as lovely as what you shared! Thanks for linking in for Flea Market Friday!

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  13. What a lovely post, have to say enjoyed it. We used to go to an old cemetery on little island in middle of Canyon Ferry Lake south of Helena, Mt. It was very old cemetery, was quite interesting to see headstones with dates in 1800's on it. Had to get there by boat. We were hesitant first time we noticed it but found out was ok to go look. Once in while we'd take visitors to see it. Helena has quite a history also. Happy weekend

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    1. Thanks so much. I wonder what the history of the island cemetery was. Thanks for visiting.

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