Location: 5201 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Surnames/tags: cemeteries Colorado Denver
Fairmount Cemetery’s sister site, historic Riverside Cemetery (a.k.a., Pioneer Cemetery), dates back to 1876 and occupies a 77-acre site between Brighton Boulevard and the east bank of the South Platte River, approximately 4 miles downstream from downtown Denver, Colorado. The majority of Riverside Cemetery lies within Adams County; however, the rest of the cemetery - the cemeteries' entrance, and its administration building - are within the City and County of Denver.
Riverside served as the Denver area’s pioneer burial plot and holds the distinction of being Denver’s oldest operating cemetery. Its burials are a reflection of the cultural diversity of the early settlers, and it is the final resting place of many of Colorado’s most notable citizens including: Clara Brown, Augusta Tabor, Miguel Otero, Barney and Julia Ford, Capt. Silas Soule and Gov. John Evans, as well as 1,200 Civil War veterans and three Medal of Honor recipients. The cemetery was designated as a National Historic District in 1994.
Riverside was brought into the Fairmount family in the early 1900s. Among the collection of irreplaceable funerary art is a rare zinc soldier monument, which is part of the largest known collection of zinc monuments in North America.
Taylor-25258 21:31, 2 February 2023 (UTC) adopted this cemetery because I am working on photographing all headstones, and bringing them here to wikitree so they are not just on findagrave. (might get it done with lots and lots of help)
- Of course there are others, on findagrave, who photo the headstones and I will bring their names here so we can keep them in the loop.
- There is one Veteran that I happened upon in BLOCK #4, who does not have a military or any headstone. So I have researched him, Sgt. Samuel Robert Songer his military headstone was ordered, approved by Vet. Aff and will be received at the Riverside Cemetery in a few weeks. Like Valentine's Day. We will plan a dedication for it. Robin Britz is in charge at the cemetery.
The next item we need to update is the location of the front gate. Because of the newly constructed railway that blocks the south gate by the office the gate had to be moved. The new gate you access by driving east on Brighton Blvd. under the tunnel and there it is on the west side. As you enter you will be going from the far east of the cemetery toward the west and the office.