A Family Plot, Masonville, CO

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My husband’s stepfather’s family homesteaded 150 acres in Masonville, Colorado. Two uncles are buried on the property. We hiked up on the 24th just to tour the place and we camped 30-31 May.

My family came from late nineteenth-century immigrants on both sides, and my immigrant ancestors stayed mostly in cities or coal-mining towns. None were homesteaders. Being related, even through the technicalities of marriage, to someone in a cemetery I’ve visited is a first. To people in a private family plot on private property is a double first.

Masonville | Cemetery SpelunkingThe graves are barely older than me.

Masonville | Cemetery Spelunking Masonville | Cemetery Spelunking

Another Cemetery Spelunking first: pouring alcohol on a grave. In this case, Jack Daniels for Bobby and Smokey.

Masonville | Cemetery Spelunking Masonville | Cemetery Spelunking

TC repeated the ritual yesterday.

Masonville | Cemetery Spelunking

Also of interest on the property are the ruins of the cabin which burned down in a forest fire a few years ago.

Masonville | Cemetery Spelunking

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