Cemetery Crawl – Gilpin History’s 25th Annual Cemetery Crawl is Aug. 24

Two “spirits” from the 2012 Crawl in the Central City IOOF cemetery chat.

Two “spirits” from the 2012 Crawl in the Central City IOOF cemetery chat.

 

Enjoy living history at Gilpin History’s 25th Annual Cemetery Crawl at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Russell Gulch IOOF cemetery. This unique cemetery tour allows the crowd to hear “residents” tell their part in Russell Gulch history. These “spirits” wear 19th century clothing, and their life stories are each unique and memorable. Some of the “tombstone tales” are told by important historical figures and some of the tales are those of ordinary miners, merchants and women.

Free shuttle service is being provided from the Teller House Parking lot on Eureka Street in Central City to the Crawl. The shuttle service begins at 10 a.m., with return after the Crawl and is a service project of the Knights of Pythias lodge. If you choose to drive to the cemetery, follow the signs from downtown Central City along the Virginia Canyon Road to the town of Russell Gulch, 2.5 miles south, and then turn west at Harris Detour and follow the signs for another 1/4 mile to the cemetery. There is free parking at the cemetery.

To register for the Crawl, call the office of Gilpin History at 303-582-5283. Cost is $10 per person for pre-registration, $12 per person at the cemetery; children 12 and younger are free. The Gilpin History office is open daily Tuesday – Sunday and messages can be left at any time. In honor of the Silver Anniversary of the Cemetery Crawl, every 25th person to pre-register will receive a FREE vial of silver at the cemetery.

NOTE the earlier start of the Crawl this year – it begins promptly at 11 a.m.

The popular Central City BeerFest begins at noon on Aug. 24, so plan on staying in Gilpin County for a fun-filled summer day.

Mayor of Central City Ron Engels rests on his “spirit’s” tombstone.Photos by Linda Jones

Mayor of Central City Ron Engels rests on his “spirit’s” tombstone.
Photos by Linda Jones

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