30 April 2012

I Brake For Cemeteries

Have you seen the bumper stickers that say, "CAUTION: I brake for cemeteries"?  I've always chuckled a little when I see them online, and have never once seen one on an actual car.

Image courtesy of FunStuffForGenealogists.com

But this last weekend, that was me.

Our family went camping in south central Colorado. We had a great time exploring a new area, my husband got a little fly-fishing time in, and we took our daughter for a couple hikes. A great weekend, doing something we love to do together.

On the way to the river spot my husband wanted to fish at, he says, "look, there's a cemetery over there." Now, as supportive as he is, he has never once pointed out a cemetery to me. I had seen it, of course, but didn't mention it. Cemeteries were my thing, not our thing as a family, and I wasn't going to ask both of them to give up their time to wander through a country cemetery. But, he pointed it out, then asked if I wanted to try to find a way to find it. It was across the river, and looked like it might be somewhat difficult to get to, so of course I said yes! This was a golden moment.

We did find it, and it turned out to be Howard Cemetery in Fremont County, Colorado. We walked around for a few moments, enjoying the view of the mountains and taking the occasional picture of an interesting headstone. My husband even asked a few questions about some of the sights. Upon returning home, I submitted my handful of pictures to the Colorado Gravestones website; and he looked up the history of this cemetery and one near St. Elmo, another stop on our trip. Suggesting we make sure to visit their cemetery when we go back to the ghost town later this summer.

I guess we're going to need one of those stickers. If you see me driving around Colorado, at least you'll know who I am!

The Chappel family plot, with a magnificent view.

Young Annie Cooper, died 1901.