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Subject: Knights of Pythias cemetery in Central City, CO
Date: 11/30/2012 8:25:52 A.M. Pacific Standard Time


Unfortunately any records of the K.O.P. cemetery in Central City, Colorado have eluded not only me but everyone who you'd think would know something. I spoke with Linda Jones the town historian, the Gilpin County Historical Socity, Central City visitor center, Central City city hall, and Michael Mansfield, the grand secretary of Wyoming & Colorado.

The cemetery was actually moved around 1870 and people who were buried in the city cemetery, Catholic cemetery & IOOF cemetery where all mingled into the K.O.P. cemetery. In fact they are still uncovering bodies today. A sewer line burst in 2010 and while fixing the pipe, the excavation crew came across 3 unmarked graves.

You wanted to know if the cemetery was in good shape. I would say it is however I failed to mention that a few head stones were toppled over and/ or in bad condition. This is expected of course due to its age. There has also been a problem recently of people stealing headstones around there. Very sad and disturbing!

I realize this all pretty vague but the best information I could find. The oldest stone in this cemetery is dated 1868 but could have been moved to there as recently noted. We know the cemetery could not have existed before 1859 when the town was founded, nor before 1864 when the K.O.P. was established. Best estimates place the origin of the cemetery between 1866 -1870.

Sorry I couldn't find anything concrete on the matter.

best regards,
Lance Estep

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