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Today, I visited the oldest cemetery in Denver - Riverside Cemetery. Afternoon sun makes this place even more intriguing and forces every visitor to reflect upon life and death. If look closely you can see on the horizon the pikes of the Rocky Mountains.

Here are some facts about this place:

Riverside Cemetery, founded in 1876, is Denvers oldest operating cemetery and is designated as a national historic district. Located just two miles north of downtown in the center of an industrial area, Riverside is truly a unique cultural treasure that has been widely ignored for many years.
Riverside Cemetery is the longest continually operating cemetery in Denver, and one of the most significant historical resources in Colorado. Noting the importance of the 77-acre site, the cemetery was designated a National Historic District in 1992. Now surrounded by the gritscape of a disparate industrial district, partly in the City and County of Denver and partly in Adams County, the cemetery is in a state of rapid decline.
Many of Colorados most famous pioneers found their final resting place at Riverside, including Augusta Tabor, Barney and Julia Ford, Silas Soule, three territorial governors John Evans, Samuel Elbert, and John Routt and numerous mayors, entrepreneurs, and civic figures. A wide range of cultures are represented at Riverside, including Russian Orthodox, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and African American. Riverside also hosts an official military cemetery, and is the permanent home of over 1,000 veterans from the civil war through the first gulf war.
(friendsofriversidecemetery.org)

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