Cemetery Preservation Plan Completed
The City of Aspen and the Aspen Grove Cemetery Association will be presenting the new preservation plan for the Aspen Grove Cemetery at a press conference and public walking tour on Thursday, Oct. 7. The public event will be at 3:30 p.m. at the cemetery.

Please walk or bike if possible as parking is extremely limited. The cemetery is located on the east edge of the city. From Highway 82, turn left on McSkimming Road and right on Aspen Grove Rd. to reach the cemetery.

“Aspen Grove Cemetery is one of Aspen’s most important and intact historic sites,” said Sara Adams, senior planner for the City of Aspen. “After 120 years of use, the site holds the graves of hundreds of Aspen’s citizens from miners to prominent leaders of the city’s 20th century renaissance.”

Several prominent residents are interred in the cemetery, including Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke, Herbert Bayer and Ferenc Berko. The cemetery is also still an active burial ground. 

The City of Aspen provided 50 percent of the funding needed to create the preservation plan for the cemetery, with a State Historic Fund Grant providing the rest. The plan, completed by Tatanka Historical Associates, Inc., found that while the cemetery is in very good shape, largely thanks to the efforts of the volunteer cemetery association, there are a number of ways to preserve, maintain, secure and interpret the site for future generations.

A copy of the plan is available here.

Posted on Monday, October 04, 2010