Graveyard to be resurrected

by Greg MassPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – City Council has agreed to pay for an engineer to create a drainage plan at the historic Linwood Cemetery. The contract amount has yet to be determined. Over the years, erosion has damaged the cemetery, the reputed burial site of infamous dentist-turned-gunslinger John “Doc” Holliday.Water running across the surface of the cemetery during the spring snowmelt and rainstorms eroded nearly two feet of topsoil from some of the more-than-a-century-old burial sites. To remedy the problem, Frontier Historical Society director Cindy Cochran is formulating plans to give the cemetery a much-needed upgrade. “We decided about a year ago that this is a project we want to work on,” she said. The cemetery is one of Glenwood Springs’ biggest tourist draws, she said, so it would be prudent for the city to fix it up. “I think it’s going to be little baby steps rather than one big project,” she said. Cochran also plans to: -Map graves to find out where people are buried and, if possible, who is buried there.-Place interpretive signs along the trail to inform people about the cemetery and surrounding area.-Put up a wrought iron gate at the cemetery’s entrance.-Spruce up the area. “We also started what we call an adopt-a-grave program,” she said. In the program, volunteers pay $25 to help fund improvements and watch over one particular grave, keeping it neat and tidy. They can even place flowers there. “Twelve families are signed up for the adopt-a-grave program,” Cochran said. Mayor Don Vanderhoof asked for a written plan to be turned in to council, then fund donations would be considered. In other business Thursday, City Council:-Passed an ordinance making it illegal to have a loud, modified muffler on city streets. Compared to the spirited debate between City Council and Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders about the ordinance at council’s April 17 meeting, little was said on the subject Thursday. According to city attorney Karl Hanlon, motorcycle riders and city officials came to a compromise. Police officers will use their baton to check if a motorcycle or other vehicle has an intact baffle chamber in the muffler.”We’re not talking necessarily about noise, but rather a baffle chamber,” Hanlon said. -Donated $10,000 to Mountain Regional Housing Corp. to help the nonprofit company match area residents with affordable housing. -Approved a request to build a new fire station at the corner of 8th Street and Cooper Avenue, the site of the old City Hall.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext.

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