Denver August 25, 2016
8 Disturbing Cemeteries Around Denver That Will Give You Goosebumps
Who’s on the hunt for the heebie-jeebies?
Call me crazy, but one of my favorite places to rove around and take photographs is most definitely at a cemetery – and the eerier the better. There are so many thought provoking structures that “grow” from the ground, including tombstones, trees, monuments, statues, mausoleums, and unidentified objects. You just never known when you may encounter an unexplained presence or phenomenon at these creepy cemeteries in Denver. They lend the phrase “dancing in the moonlight” a whole new meaning.
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1. Fairmount Cemetery and Mortuary
Founded in 1890, Fairmount Cemetery is the area's second oldest, with 280 acres of graves that serve as the final resting place for many of Denver's notable historical figures. Over the years, stories have been told of strange lights and shadows that appear to hover around the grounds, but everytime an investigative team of paranormal enthusiasts try to catch them on film, the tapes come back blank or blackened. But don't take my word for it. Go see the strangeness for yourself!
2. Mount Olivet Cemetery
Since 1892, over 120,000 bodies have been laid to rest at Mount Olivet, a Catholic cemetery operated by the Archdiocese of Denver. Like many of the cemeteries on this list, bodies from the infamous graveyard at what is now Cheesman Park were transferred here for burial, and there is no doubt that many of those unhappy spirits still haunt its sacred grounds.
3. Fort Logan National Cemetery
This 214 acre national cemetery was established in 1950 and includes Fort Logan's original post cemetery and additional land from the former military post. Over 122,000 internments were buried here at last count, and the sheer amount of uniform gravestones will send shivers up your spine. Eternally grateful for your honorable service, soldiers!
4. Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery
Since its inception in 1907, Crown Hill Cemetery and its historic Tower of Memories have grown to be one of Denver's most recognized landmarks and home to 240 acres of headstones, cremation gardens, cremation niches, vaults, companion crypts, and other sites for final disposal.
5. Ralston Cemetery
This community cemetery in Arvada is one of the oldest in the area and has a mysteriously uncertain history. The oldest gravestone marks the burial site of triplets laid to rest in 1869, but it is presumed the burial ground existed prior to that date and serves as the final resting place of many original Mile High pioneers.
6. The Sisters of Loretto at Colorado Heights University
On the northwest corner of the campus of Colorado Heights University, is a reminder of the Sisters of Loretto’s presence on the historic land where the women of the West were first educated. It is no longer an active cemetery, but the spirits of roughly 50 sisters still hover over the land of the highest point in Denver.
7. Denver Pet Cemetery and Crematory
That's right, folks, this ain't no Stephen King novel. If you're looking for a place to lay Fido down where he can frolic forever with his dog park cronies, look no further. (What? There's nothing creepy about having your best furry friend frozen, fired, and put six feet under.)
8. Riverside Cemetery
Established in 1876, Riverside is Denver's oldest operating cemetery and most certainly one of the spookiest in town. Many historic figures and their ghosts call it home, and you can expect to encounter them if visiting the boneyard at just the right time.
One of the most striking sites at Riverside is the limestone replica of Lester Drake's log cabin, which has been standing for roughly 100 years.
It's a harrowing haunt, alright. (What does it mean!?)
Take a nighttime tour and experience the strangeness, secrets, tragedies, heartbreak, and mysteries in the moonlight at the Riverside Cemetery.
If you’re looking for more stories to send chills up your spine, check out
This Ghost Town Near Denver That’ll Give You A Haunting Experience You’ll Never Forget.