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The only comprehensive roadside tour guide to Colorado's oldest cemeteries.
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Linda Wommack is a Colorado native who has enjoyed Colorado history her entire life. She has published numerous books about Colorado history including Caxton Press title Our Ladies of the Tenderloin.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From the Grave A Roadside Guide to Colorado's Pioneer Cemeteries By Linda Wommack
Chapter One: Colorado's Cemetery History
In the shadow of the hillsides, in the hot prairie sun, in the cities and atop the mountains, Colorado's cemeteries provide a testament to the history of this great state. From border to border, century old cemeteries reveal the life and death of our Colorado pioneers. Their silent stones hold clues about early Colorado life, tragedy, disaster, hope and endurance. These cemeteries also serve as a treasure hold of past community and social structure. Cemeteries seem to be the last resource for the historian, the curious and the genealogist. For this is indeed where our history lies.
The traditional cemetery is in doubt as more and more restrictions apply. Green lawns, flowers, and shrubs are being eliminated to conserve water, thus losing the park atmosphere our pioneers strove to achieve. Meanwhile monuments are more and more limited to flat markers, thus prohibiting artistic memorials, freedom of expression and a foundation of love and tribute honored to our dearly departed that has made the American cemetery so unique. The history of the pioneers buried in our Colorado cemeteries, as well as the cemeteries themselves, must be documented before they are lost to decay and neglect.
Death has been marked and memorialized since the beginning of the human race, reflecting an unwillingness to pass unnoticed into the unknown, a clouded afterlife, or limbo. Tombstones and monuments are erected as a sign of love and respect for the departed, yet are also a symbol for the grieving survivors, in an effort that each life will be remembered. The cemetery allows us to share our grief, proclaim our beliefs, and grant respect for our dearly departed loved ones. It is an open air museum, a grand collection of the human spirit captured in stone and memories. It is a place of entombment, yet in symbolism, it is more for the living than the dead.
Cemeteries of the eastern United States followed the tradition of nineteenth century Europe. Graveyards situated next to churches connected faith and the hereafter. The garden cemetery emerged in the mid-nineteenth century, a product of the Rural Cemetery Movement. Boston's Mount Auburn Cemetery, opening in 1831, was the first such cemetery in the United States. Modeled after Per e Lachaise in France, the cemetery was graced with thick green grass, flowers, wide curved drives for carriages, and an abundance of trees. With this natural setting came a resurgence of artistic stone carvings. Visitors were no longer intimidated, they were greeted with serenity and solitude, and beauty. The cemetery became a place of repose, and sculptors showed the difference in their ornate and detailed carvings. A sense of pride had been reborn in America's cemeteries.
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Book Description Caxton Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # SONG0870043900
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