Golden Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony & Inclusion in National Register of Historic Places

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  • VFW Memorial Day Ceremony

    Memorial Day at Golden CemeteryThis Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 at 11 a.m., a ceremony will be held to honor fallen veterans at the Golden Cemetery, located at 755 Ulysses Street. The event, hosted by the VFW, will feature an Avenue of the Flags, which consists of flags donated by many different people in honor of veterans who have passed away.

    Cemetery staff will be on site to answer questions and help visitors find specific places in the cemetery.

    National Register of Historic Places

    In conjunction with the VFW Memorial Day ceremony, there will be a brief celebration to honor the Golden Cemetery’s recent inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Historic Golden CemeteryFounded in 1873, the Golden Cemetery was nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance for exploration and settlement. It provided a formal burial ground for the growing settlement of Golden, and continues to do so today nearly 140 years later.  The cemetery has been recognized for the outstanding citizens of the Golden area who are buried there, including Edward Berthoud, George West, George Morrison, John C. Vivian, and Roy A. Hartzell. The cemetery is also significant for its art and landscape architecture with its many styles of funerary art and planned landscaping, and for the Shelter House, which was erected in 1933-34 by the by the Civil Works Administration and the City of Golden. Construction of the new Shelter House was part of a concerted Depression-era effort to beautify the cemetery.

    The nomination was submitted in 2011 by the City of Golden Historic Preservation Board with the support of City Council, and approved by the United States Department of Interior on April 18, 2012.