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Stories Along the Line: Rejuvenating a cemetery

The North Metro Rail Line will roll through some old territory and near
places that are rich in history.

Historic cemetery

Preserving Riverside Cemetery, one of Denver's oldest, has not always been easy.

The cemetery was founded in 1876-the same year Colorado became a state. At the turn of the 19th century the Riverside Cemetery Association transferred its assets to the Fairmount Cemetery Association.

The 77-acre cemetery is located between Denver and Adams County property lines at 5201 Brighton Blvd., close to the North Metro Rail Line alignment.

Statues and headstones keep a silent watch in Oct. 2012 in <br />Riverside Cemetery in Denver. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman <br />Marcy Glass via Wikimedia Commons
Statues
and headstones keep a silent watch in Oct 2012 in Riverside Cemetery in
Denver. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass via Wikimedia
Commons

Landscape challenge

Once an irrigated site, the loss of water rights forced the Fairmount Cemetery Association to quit watering nearly 30 years ago.

However, about 10 years ago the Fairmount Heritage Foundation established a plan to rejuvenate the cemetery's landscape.

According to The Denver Post, "In the past five years, the high-energy (Patricia) Carmody (executive director of the Fairmount Heritage Foundation) has spearheaded a rejuvenation program fueled by volunteers that includes planting a sustainable landscape of prairie grasses and native trees. In 2010, a survey by the Colorado State University Master Gardener program sought to identify and map every plant within the burial areas."

Little Known Facts

In the early 1990s, Adams County listed the site on the National Register of Historic Districts.

So, what makes this place so interesting? Not only has the cemetery been around for almost 140 years, it's where many famous Colorado pioneers were laid to rest.

To name a few: Augusta Tabor, Barney and Julia Ford, Silas Soule, three territorial governors - John Evans, Samuel Elbert, and John Routt - and numerous other prominent people.

It takes a region...

RTD
FasTracks and its regional partners will continue to work together to
serve the Colorado public. RTD is committed to building out FasTracks,
including the North Metro Rail Line, sooner rather than later so people
in the region will have more transit options as they choose where to
live, work and play.



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