Gone and Mostly Forgotten: Gunnison's First Cemetery
Ever wonder where the earliest pioneers of Gunnison are buried? Are they in the Gunnison Cemetery east of town? Or across the river near the Palisades? Gunnison native Bob Easterly
Ever wonder where the earliest pioneers of Gunnison are buried? Are they in the Gunnison Cemetery east of town? Or across the river near the Palisades? Gunnison native Bob Easterly has devoted the last three years answering that question and the result may surprise you. Bob got interested in the subject when he learned that the first cemetery was on a ranch that his grandfather Philip Easterly and father James Easterly owned back in the 1930s. That land is now part of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport. There were no records kept when the ground was first being used for burial purposes from 1876 until 1883. It was abandoned in favor of a new cemetery west of Gunnison.
In 1994 the original cemetery, named variously as Boulevard, was accidentally uncovered by an earth mover during a uranium mitigation project. After remediation in 1995, Boulevard once again slipped into oblivion. Bob will present the story at 4PM on Saturday, April 28 th at the Ann Zugelder Library in Gunnison.
Bob Easterly is a fourth generation Coloradoan, born in Gunnison. He is retired… from a career with two of Colorado’s pioneer financial institutions, a 30 year tour in the U.S. Naval Reserve and most recently working in disaster recovery. With retirement came the time and interest in genealogy and Southwestern Colorado history.
He is the immediate Past President of the Mount Evans Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, a member of the Denver and Pikes Peak Posses of the Westerners and numerous historical and genealogical societies in Colorado and Pennsylvania. He is a volunteer at the History Research Center of the Douglas County Library in Castle Rock.
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