Mount Pisgah Cemetery
Cripple Creek, Colorado
Mount Pisgah Cemetery Cripple Creek Reviews
Nice Mountain Cemetery Jun 14, 2008
Mount Pisgah Cemetery is a 40 acre graveyard on the western end of Cripple Creek. It is not landscaped; rather the grounds look like they would have in 1892 when the earliest known burial took place.
Mount Pisgah contains the grave of Dr. Susan (Doc Susie) Anderson, the real life inspiration for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and member of the Colorado Hall of Fame. She actually has two headstones. When she died, her brother’s plot, where she was to be buried could not be found. So they buried her in another section. But, not only was her brother’s grave there, it already had a maker for Doc Susie. They updated the old marker to include her death date.
Also there is locally famous madam and brothel owner, Pearl DeVere. Her “house”, The Homestead House catered to the upscale gentlemen. And in the gold rush days, there were plenty of millionaires around to pay the $250 ($10,000 in today’s dollars) for the services of one of her girls. First time patrons were required to bring credit references!
If you wander around you will see a lot of stones with the death years 1918 and 1919. Cripple Creek was hit very hard (33% lost) by the Spanish Flu pandemic.
It’s location in the mountains makes for a nice walk, on a summer day. There are no paved paths, and you park in a lot nearby. It is not on flat ground, so there will be some hill walking, and remember you are over 9,000 feet, so you have to factor that in when you take a stroll.
Part of the Cripple Creek, CO-2008 travel blog
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