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Good ol’ Niwot, a tiny town between Longmont and Boulder, has a cemetery that’s a state historical site.

Niwot Cemetery | cemetery spelunking

 

There are also a bunch of children from the 1890s who died in Niwot.

Niwot Cemetery | cemetery spelunking

 

Real Western graves

Niwot Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

 

Someone had planted a bunch of tulips around the cemetery at one point. They’ve spread thickly between the stones.

Niwot Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

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TC and I went for a bike ride to the Hygiene Market, where all the bike tools stop for a drink and a bar. The market also makes all gluten-free treats, and if you know me from Gothic Granola, you know I love vegan and gluten-free treats. Finding a cemetery on the way was incidental but cool nonetheless. The Brethren Church is on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places.

Shell stone

Brethren Church Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

“Stoner”

 

Brethren Church Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

Bantha bantha bantha

 

Brethren Church Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

Vegan & GF zucchini breadlet with walnuts and coconut

 

Brethren Church Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

 

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This cemetery is on our nightly walking route (and right across the street from Walgreens) so it was easy to return and take another round of iPhone photos.

Things that go “bump” in the night

Longmont Cemetery II | Cemetery Spelunking

Possibly related to TC’s mother’s father? Wait, no, wrong last name.

 

Longmont Cemetery II | Cemetery Spelunking

 

Hover, undoubtedly the progenitors of the other main drag in Longmont

Longmont Cemetery II | Cemetery Spelunking

 

Sunset stone!

 

Longmont Cemetery II | Cemetery Spelunking

 

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Longmont Cemetery is another typical small-town cemetery in Colorado, replete with Masons, Eastern Star ladies, and Oddfellows. The graves go back to approximately the early 20th century. It’s a hefty spot of land off Main Street on the north side of Longmont, so this is collection one of two.

 

The ancestors of the people who own the house where we live are buried here:

Longmont Cemetery I | Gothic Granola

 

There are two big obelisk monuments in this cemetery, a Johnson and a Dickens.

Longmont Cemetery I | Gothic Granola

 

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Longmont Cemetery I | Gothic Granola

Also prominent in Colorado cemeteries thus far are Freemason/Eastern Star, Grange, and Oddfellows stones. There’s a Freemason hall and Oddfellows hall on Main Street in Longmont; welcome to agrarian Americana.

Are we 'goodnow?'

Are we ‘goodnow?’

The part of town in which Columbia Cemetery was situated is now surrounded by houses full of Colorado University students. We saw a girl running through the cemetery–as in, running for exercise.

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After unsuccessfully attempting to visit Valmont Cemetery (the road was washed out), we continued on to Boulder and traveled to this cemetery high above the smug clouds.

Green Mountain Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

 

Green Mountain Cemetery–founded 1904–contained graves for people of diverse races and backgrounds, including Arabic, Jewish, and Asian people. There were a few family vaults, too.

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All right! First cemetery spelunking of 2015 was unplanned. Your intrepid cemetery spelunker and hir partner TC were on the way to Boulder to check out other cemeteries, dodging cyclists riding in the road, and we spotted this old church.

Ryssby Church | Gothic Granola

 

Most occupants of this cemetery were Swedish. Since it was Sunday, it was rather busy: three elderly people visiting a grave, two Harley-Davidson riders, a cyclist, and us.

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The trends I noticed the most in the Colorado graveyards I visited today were: more “mountain scenes” engraved in newer stones than any other East Coast cemeteries I’d visited, and the modern young people (17-30 at time of death) usually died of accidents.

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