Some of Boulder County's historic cemeteries:

1. Lafayette Cemetery

Established: 1891, when the land was purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad

Location: Baseline Road and 111th Street

Acres: 4.5

Headstones: Unknown, roughly 5,000 grave spots

Bodies buried: Unknown

Unique features: "Potters field,â where miners without family often were buried; monument for Columbine Mine workers; monument for war veterans

Notable deceased: Lafayette founding families include the Waneka family, Moon family and Schofield family; five men killed by state militia in the Columbine Mine Massacre.

Average number of people buried annually today: 30

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2. Louisville Cemetery

Established: 1892, by three Louisville fraternal organizations

Location: Colo. 42 and Empire Road

Acres: 14

Headstones: About 2,000

Bodies buried: About 3,000

Unique features: Near the center is a World War I veterans monument from 1924 that was moved to the cemetery from downtown Louisville in the 1970s; a small area in the northeast corner is filled with child graves.

Notable deceased: Three men killed in the 1936 Monarch Mine explosion; early Louisville settlers Charles and Amelia Niehoff. Charles Niehoff worked in the city's first coal mine in 1877, the year the mine opened.

Average number of people buried annually today: 33

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3. Superior Cemetery

Established: 1880s, previously named the "Old Louisville Cemeteryâ and "Cemetery on Coal Creekâ

Location: In a pasture near Avista Hospital

Acres: Less than one

Headstones: 31

Bodies buried: About 60

Unique features: Many founding families of Superior have relatives buried there.


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Notable deceased: Three Civil War veterans; Superior Marshall Charles Seeley, who was shot in the head at a saloon.

Average number of people buried annually today: None

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4. Columbia Cemetery

Established: 1870, by Masonic Columbia Lodge No. 14

Location: Ninth and Pleasant streets, Boulder

Acres: 10.5

Headstones: About 3,000

Bodies buried: About 6,500

Unique features: A large field of anatomical parts from the University of Colorado's medical school; hundreds of markers of Civil War veterans, of both Union and Confederate affiliation.

Notable deceased: Early Boulder pioneer Andrew Macky; Sand Creek Massacre Capt. David Nichols; Boulder's first librarian, Clara Savory.

Average number of people buried annually today: Five

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5. Green Mountain Cemetery

Established: 1904, by real estate investor David Dobbins

Location: 290 20th St., Boulder

Acres: 40

Headstones: Unknown

Bodies buried: About 15,000

Unique features: Cemetery records indicate that a large number of burials in the early years were out-of-town people who died in Boulder of tuberculosis, likely patients of the Boulder Tuberculosis Sanitarium.

Notable deceased: Archibald Chalmers, a 50-year-old miner from the nearby town of Marshall, was the first burial. John O'Brien, who died in 1892, was a Civil War veteran and an early Boulder constable. A.A. Brookfield, who died in 1897 in the state insane asylum in Pueblo, was president of the Boulder City Town Company.

Average number of people buried annually today: 150

6a. Old Valmont Cemetery

Established: First known burial in 1864

Location: Valmont Road and 61st Street, Boulder; on private land

Acres: Less than 1

Headstones: Five, all toppled

Bodies buried: About 20

Unique features: Oldest known tombstone in Boulder County. The tombstone is for William Parsons, who died in 1864.

6b. Valmont Cemetery

Established: 1873

Location: Valmont Road and 61st Street, Boulder

Bodies buried: 289 marked graves, 42 unmarked

Unique features: Described in the late 1800s as a "bleak and barren bluff.â Served as the first graveyard for Boulder settlers.

7. Niwot Cemetery

Established: First burial in 1881 of Ernest Gould, a 13-year-old who died of appendicitis. He originally was buried at another cemetery, but his mother wanted him closer. His remains were moved to the Gould family farm, which became the cemetery.

Location: 73rd Street and Nimbus Road

Unique features: Plots now are only sold to people who have lived in the town for at least 20 years. Unmarked graves include seven marked by plain wooden crosses.

Notable deceased: Six Civil War veterans; early pioneer families, including the Gould family.

8. Nederland Cemetery

Established: First burial was 9-year-old Elizabeth Iowa Hetzer in 1873

Location: Forest Road at 8,500 feet, about half a mile from Peak to Peak Highway

Bodies buried: 313 known graves

Unique features: In 1895, headstones and coffins were relocated here from the town's other cemetery, built in 1875. That cemetery was closed to make room for highway development.

9. Jamestown Cemetery

Established: 1875

Location: Main Street, near the 16th Street intersection

Bodies buried: About 130

10. Gold Hill Cemetery

Established: First burial in 1859. Established in 1861.

Location: Dixon Road

Acres: About one

Bodies buried: 115

Unique features: Somebody must own property to be buried at Gold Hill. The Gold Hill Club, which started in 1923, also plans to take on the cemetery as an improvement project in the spring.

Notable deceased: Early settlers of Gold Hill, including Frank Boyd, who ran a general merchandise store in Gold Hill and died in 1911.

11. Hygiene Cemetery

Established: 1878, when 1.2 acres were deeded by the McIntosh family. It was originally known as Pella Cemetery. In 1879, one acre was donated by the Mason family to build a Dunkard, or German Baptist, church. That land accounts for half of the north side of the cemetery. In 1886, the Madison Bashor family donated the final north side parcel.

Location: 7801 and 7961 Hygiene Road, three quarters of a mile east of Hygiene Road and 75th Street

Acres: 1.2 on the south side, one on the north side

Bodies buried: 938 known burials

Unique features: The two sides were merged into one cemetery in 1945. To be buried there today, the deceased needs to be a relative of someone buried there.

Notable deceased: Early Hygiene settlers and founders of the church, including Chester L. Smead, who was one of the first white men who settled in the valley. He died in 1915.

12. Lyons Cemetery

Established: Earliest recorded burial was a miner named Hoag in 1888, a quarry worker killed after a tree fell and broke his back while working.

Location: North side of town at the end of Third Avenue

Bodies buried: 1,800 known burials

Unique features: Some of the headstones and coffins were transferred there from the town's first cemetery, which was built in 1875 and later closed.

Notable deceased: The oldest readable tombstone is dated 1890. Buried there are the Jamison family, who all died during an epidemic year.

13. Sunshine Cemetery

Established: In the 1870s

Location: Sunshine Canyon Drive and County Road 83

Bodies buried: 157

Unique features: To be buried there today, the deceased must be a relative of someone buried there or must have lived in the Sunshine Fire Protection District for at least 10 years.

14. Mountain View Cemetery

Established: First burial in May 1876

Location: Between 11th Ave and Mountain View Avenue in Longmont

Acres: 35