Evergreen Cemetery (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
When Colorado Springs was established in 1871, there were two cemeteries already serving the community, however, they were both deemed inadequate to the community's needs. Colorado Springs founder, General William Jackson Palmer, established this cemetery, which at the time was two miles from town. Being designed to be so well maintained and adequate, Evergreen continues to serve Colorado Springs with over 90,000 burials, many being city pioneers, soldiers, celebrities, an astronaut, and many other prominent people.
Backstory and Context
When Colorado Springs was founded in 1871 there were already two cemeteries serving El Paso County but both were quickly found to be inadequate in serving the needs of the rapidly growing city. In 1874, the founder of Colorado Springs, General William Jackson Palmer, founded a new cemetery two miles from town. The original names were the Mount Washington or Mountain Home Cemetery. In 1877, the name was changed to Evergreen Cemetery. In 1875 the original 10 acres or so was deeded to the city of Colorado Springs and it has been a city owned and operated cemetery since then. In 1993 the cemetery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original 10 acres has grown to over 220 acres with 90,000 plus burials in 2014 and the cemetery still performs about 700 burials per year.
Evergreen Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the people that built the city of Colorado Springs along with founders of many neighboring cities. It is also the final resting place of many of the people that made millions from the last Colorado gold rush, world renowned artists, writers and composers, philanthropists, captains of industry and business, Union and Confederate soldiers, sports figures, politicians, actors, and even an astronaut.
Notable Burials include:
- William Jackson Palmer (1836–1909), railroad builder, city father
- Winfield Scott Stratton (1848–1902), mine owner, philanthropist
- James Ferguson Burns (1853–1917), mine owner, philanthropist
- Edward William Purvis (1857–1888), British officer and Hawaiian official
- Francis Henry Maynard (1853–1926), cowboy, author
- Franklin Eli Brooks (1860–1916), politician
- Leo Arthur Hoegh (1908–2000), military figure
- Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–1885), activist
- Bob Johnson (1931–1991), hockey coach
- Stan Keller (1907–1990), bandleader
- Floyd K. Lindstrom (1912–1944), military figure
- John Franklin Forrest (1927–1997), military figure
- Robert Williamson Steele (1820–1901), territorial governor
- Marshall Sprague (1909–1994), author
- Dale Gardner (1948–2014), astronaut
- Frederick Phillips Raynham (1893–1954), British aviator
- Vic Heyliger (1912–2006), hockey player and coach
- Harry Hunter Seldomridge (1864–1927), politician
- Allen Tupper True (1881–1955), illustrator
- Stephanie Westerfeld (1943–1961), figure skater
- Andy Adams (1859–1935), writer
- Pat Brady (1914–1972), actor
- Irving Howbert (1846–1934), public servant, businessman
- Sherman Coolidge (1862–1932), Episcopal Church priest, Indian advocate
- Roland W. Reed (Royal Jr.) (1864–1934), artist, photographer
- One Commonwealth war grave, of a Canadian Army soldier of World War I.