Established shortly after Colorado Springs was founded in 1871, Evergreen Cemetery is one of Colorado Springs oldest continuously-operated cemeteries. The original ten acres has grown to over 220, with more than 90,000 burials. Many of the pioneers that built the city of Colorado Springs, including American prospector and philanthropist Winfield Scott Stratton, poet Helen Hunt Jackson, and even our city’s founder, General William Jackson Palmer are buried in Evergreen Cemetery. In 1993, this cemetery became only the second in the state to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As a city, it is our responsibility to maintain and preserve a place with such a rich history, a place that connects us to our past and reveals so much about our community. Part of preserving this history includes the digitization of the original burial records dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. Once complete, these records will be available at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.
“Digital access to the Evergreen Cemetery burial records is absolutely vital to the work of historians, genealogists, and researchers both in Colorado Springs and around the world,” said Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s curator of history, Leah Witherow. “Digitization of these irreplaceable documents ensures access while preserving the original records into perpetuity. These records are essential for research into specific individuals and families in the Pikes Peak Region as well as to historical events including the impact of epidemics and war on our community.”
This process can be tedious and costly. The Evergreen Heritage Society, a nonprofit organization founded to preserve the resting places of Colorado Springs’ pioneers, is raising money to fund this project to keep history alive. Donations will help fund the time and materials necessary to ensure access to our history.
Visit Fundraiser by Cheryl Godbout : Save Colorado Springs History (gofundme.com) for more information.