Glenwood Springs cemetery trailhead gets a facelift |

Glenwood Springs cemetery trailhead gets a facelift

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Doc Holliday’s grave, at the Linwood (Pioneer) Cemetery at 12th Street and Bennett Avenue in Glenwood Springs, is a big draw for tourists.

“A lot of tourists go up there,” said Cindy Hines, executive director of the Frontier Historical Museum. “When we have our work days on the trail, we easily see 40 to 50 people up there in one day.”

The Historical Society and Museum is responsible for the maintenance of the trail and the cemetery, and have an annual cleanup day at the cemetery. However, they have no way of calculating the actual amount of foot traffic the trail has. The Historical Society and the local Elks Lodge No. 2286 have joined together to upgrade the trail to make it more aesthetically appealing to visitors and the residents of Glenwood.

“The desired affect is that it seems a lot of people visit the cemetery, but the trailhead is not that nice or inviting,” Hines said. “We thought it would be nice to improve the trailhead.”

Improvements to the trailhead include a deck and flagstone patio, a concrete path leading from the sidewalk to the patio that would also lead to the trail, a new bench, a drinking fountain, some landscaping with shrubs and trees, and low-level ground lighting to light up the entrance during the evening. Along the trail will also be new signs with updated, and/or new information.

The trail is also a favorite spot for the Historical Society, as it’s the meeting place for the Ghost Walk, which is its annual fundraiser in the fall.

“Everyone gathers at the bottom, and it’s a nice place to gather, but there’s never been any lighting,” Hines said. “Now we will have that, not only for the Ghost Walk, but all year long.”

Current signs along the trail were installed sometime in the 1980s, Hines estimated, and they need to be replaced as well.

“A lot of the information is out of date or inaccurate,” Hines said. “We have new information, and we want to update and correct that.”

The project was funded through two separate $13,000 grants, $26,000 total over two years, through the city of Glenwood Springs as part of the Tourism Promotion Funds, according to Hines. Hines applied for the grant in 2007, and this is the first year for improvements. The funds will pay for the materials and some of the work, but a lot of the labor has been donated by the members of the Elks Lodge and is being headed by John Yost.

“It’s fun,” Yost said. “And I’m glad to be able to do it. That’s one of our main missions as Elks, to help the community.”

Yost received a lot of help from a number of other Elks, too, including Joel Stokes, Delwyn Fletcher, Wendel Kendrick, Pete Crow, Jason Hughes, and Rich and Jeanie Lipke. That’s what has made the effort all the more enjoyable and possible, Yost said.

“I just appreciate all the help from everyone,” Yost said.

And Hines appreciates all the work they’ve put in as well.

“It’s wonderful,” Hines said. “It’s neat to see a community project start small and grow, it’s really exiting and fun.”

As of Wednesday, Sept. 23, the group has worked on the project the previous two weekends and Yost is hoping to have things pretty well completed in time for this year’s ninth annual Ghost Walk, which begins on Oct. 17. A couple of things, including some new shrubbery, trees, and the water fountain may take until next spring to complete.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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