If I may start my little soapbox speech with the quote from the Colorado Tombstone Photo Project Web page -
"Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals." - William Gladstone
I've been looking for the Old Louisville Cemetery for over 25 years. I was afraid it was buried under condos.
Now I believe the empty field I was given directions to in 1979 was it and I didn't realize it.
Just found a 17 March 2002 article in the Daily Camera about it - http://web.dailycamera.com/extra/prairiedog/17lcem.htmlhttp://web.dailycamera.com/extra/prairiedog/17lcem.html . Apparently its modern name is the Superior Cemetery off a dirt road from Dillon Road on the west side of U.S. 36.
Says there are 57 people there and I believe 3 are mine (Jane Carlton buried 10 Dec 1891, Thomas Carlton died 28 Jan 1892 & David Carlton buried 21 June 1892). And it says there are gravestones there, although all knocked over and broken.
Seems there was a "disagreement" between Superior & Boulder County as to some restoration costs. That article is almost a year old -
Does anyone know the status of the effort ?
Is there anything (besides sending $82,000) that we can do ?
Would a mail/email campaign be of assistance or be a hinderance ?
Could an agreement be reached between several parties to share the cost ?It is in Superior, was known as the Old Louisville Cemetery, probably contains 1 or 2 from Lafayette & Marshall , and I hear Broomfield is big enough now a days to be it's own county - as part of the succession agreement with Boulder they should pay some.
And while it sounds as if the Superior Historical Commission is spearheading this, tell me this isn't a perfect project for County & State Historical Societies/Commisssions.
Is this what we want the world to think of as our "tender mercies...and...loyalty to high ideals" ?
David ps As the article says the attack of the prairie dogs "may sound ghoulish, 'but that's reality' , " but it continues "others say they want to return a sense of respect" . I join the others.