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The Story Behind This Forgotten Cemetery In Colorado Will Chill You To The Bone

The only things certain in life are death and taxes… it is kind of a depressing thought, isn’t it? To add to the point about death, another (almost) certain fact of life is that you will one day rest in cemetery where your friends and family can come visit. (I know this introduction is super morbid, but stick with me here!) But what if your final resting place was seemingly forgotten? This is what happened with this Colorado cemetery and its history will chill you to the bone:

Located in Jefferson County is the abandoned Mount Vernon, Colorado; a now-ghost town that was a bustling community during the historic Gold Rush years. Once a contender for the Colorado state capital, the town’s population greatly declined when nearby ores dried up, with the population consisting of only one family by 1885. Today, the only remains of the town is the Mount Vernon Cemetery, which is thought to date back as early as 1860. To add to this heartbreaking story of prosperity lost, the cemetery is home to a mere 6 graves (4 of which are unmarked and unknown) surrounded by an old wooden fence.

As per Colorado Cemeteries, access to the abandoned Mount Vernon Cemetery can be found by going “to the Red Rocks/Morrison exit off of I-70, (the intersection of highway 40 and I-70). From the parking lot, take the Villiage Walk to the top of the hill (about 0.3 miles). The cemetery is on the right side (west) of the path.”

For even more historic Colorado cemeteries, check out these 7 Disturbing Cemeteries In Colorado That Will Give You Goosebumps.

Annie
Annie is a freelance writer, content editor, and marketing whiz with a background in broadcasting and a passion for chicken nachos. When she isn't gushing about her love of Colorado, you can find her chasing after her two adorable sons and/or dreaming up a new home improvement project for her husband.