Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Say Cheese

Let’s take a stroll through a park here in Colorado called Cheesman Park. It’s the middle of Spring and there are different spots in the grass that are lighter than the rest of it. These spots are in the shape of a rectangle. The shape of possibly a grave?

~*Pavilion at Cheesman Park*~
When someone is walking, running or having a picnic, they may just be possibly having a picnic on someone’s grave.

 ~*Some of the headstones and graves left after the first guy was hired*~

Prospect Hill Cemetery opened in 1858 and the first burial was a year after that. Then, in 1873 the name changed from Prospect Hill Cemetery to Denver City Cemetery. By the late 1880s the cemetery looked like crap, no one took care of it and it was in great despair, so a Colorado Senator persuaded the U.S. Congress to allow the graveyard to be turned into a park. Congress authorized Denver to turn the cemetery into Congress Park.

90 days were given to the family to remove their loved ones to a different location. Those who had the money removed their family members right away, but this cemetery was mostly filled with criminals, vagrants and the working class poor, to which their bodies were not removed.  These bodies remained unclaimed and were to be moved at the expense of Denver. An undertaker was hired to put all the rest of the bodies into fresh boxes and move them into another cemetery. Needless to say this didn’t happen completely. The guy was just hacking up the bodies and putting them into children sized coffins, when it was found out what he was doing, the contract was terminated.

~*picture was about 1950*~

After the contract was terminated, there was not another put into place, and the bodies were just mulched and leveled to make way for the park. Shrubs were planted in many of the open graves. Today there is still an estimated 2,000 bodies that remain in Cheesman Park. So needless to say, there are a lot of ghost stories that reside about this place. I have visited this place many of times, but the only thing I noticed were the slightly lighter rectangle shaped grass.

It is not wise to go to Cheesman Park alone in the dark. Not because someone will grab you from beyond the grave, but because it is filled with those who are up to no good, drug dealers, prostitutes and vandals.

 ~*Cheesman Park Pavilion at night*~

Just remember though, if you do happen to visit Cheesman Park in the day time for a walk, run or a family picnic, that rock that you tripped on may not be a rock and  the bone that Sparky is chewing on, is more than likely not a chicken bone.

 ~*Theyyyyyyyyyyyyyy’re Heeeeeeeeeeere*~


Anonymous said...

That's so creepy...

Simple Dude said...

Thats a great story... i wonder if any of the lowlifes experience anything creepy late at night. Although they probably chalk it up to the meth.


The Frog Queen said...

That is just super creepy! Thanks so much for sharing!


forestwalk/laura k said...

...spooky...creepy. there probably are some misplaced...spirits there...forever searching for their grave...

SweetiePea said...

I have heard many tales of Cheeseman's Park and the not-so-savory activity that goes on there now-a-days. But I had no idea about it's past. Very cool post.

Sandra said...

Those pictures are so very creepy...I don't think I'll be running through that park anytime soon...well, it's not like I'm next door either, but if I was, I wouldn't!

Murphyfish said...

Hey BM,
You really have a gift for bringing the interesting to the fore, cheers for sharing me dear.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Ha! Spine-tingling.

Thanks for your visit to the Matisse post. It was a lot of fun to put together and I learned a lot about him and life and work. The Pagan Sphinx is a personal art history self-learning project. Always so cool to get comments from interesting people. I love your blog design. Well done.


Anonymous said...

Holy Cow!!!

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BeMistified said...

TAD: It can be, and not with the spirit factor but the actual living people.

SD: Yeah the crack made them see it. It's a common psychosis.

TFQ: Not a problem!

FW/LK: And they will forever be doing so. Truly sad really.

SP: Thank you! And now you know the history of the park!

Sandra: It's a very pretty park during the day. At night, not so much.

MF: Awww thanks!

PS: Not a problem for visiting. Very interesting :D Thank you for visiting to my blog!

Nicole: Ha!

TAD: I did and you read it and you commented on it. Yes!