Columbia Cemetery (Boulder, Colorado)
Main gate of cemetery- "Pioneer Gate"
Tom Horn not long before his execution
Tom Horn's gravesite within cemetery
Boulder residents in cemetery circa 1880s-1890s
Satellite image of cemetery
Late 1880s photo of cemetery. Courtesy of the University library at the University of Colorado
Backstory and Context
When the transformation took place in 1912, it was heralded by the media. Over the next few years, parts of the cemetery were transferred over to the city's Park Cemetery Association, who took over management, and more competently than the Masonic Lodge was able to fully do. In 1966, the city of Boulder took over control of the cemetery. However, the city's Parks and Recreations department did not care for the responsibility, so the city for over a decade sought to make it an historic landmark in order to get funding and personnel to run and care for the cemetery. The endeavor was successful in 1977. In the 1990s, the cemetery went under significant restoration work. Today over 6,500 are buried in the cemetery.
Of those buried include:
-Tom Horn- Famed scout, soldier, Pinkerton Detective, hired gun and murderer. He was hung for the murder of a 14-year old boy
-Clara Savory- Boulder's first librarian
-Andrew Macky- Early pioneer of Boulder
-“Rocky Mountain Joe” Sturtevant- Famed photographer of the Rockies
-Mary Rippon- First female professor at the University of Colorado
-Marinus Smith- Significant contributor to the University of Colorado
-Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War
-Latino, African-American, Japanese, Swedish, French, Greek, and German immigrants to Boulder.