Cemetery's rich legacy recalled
Nov 15, 2012 (Menafn - The Pueblo Chieftain - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --The history of Roselawn Cemetery was celebrated Wednesday with the commemoration of the 107th anniversary of the renaming of the historic cemetery.
It was on Nov. 14, 1905, that Riverview Cemetery was changed to Roselawn Cemetery, also the day when the original boundaries of the graveyard were
modified. Approximately 65 people gathered in the Roselawn Chapel Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the historic anniversary. "When we remember our history and honor our past, we bring to life those memories," said Bob Miller, family service representative for Roselawn.
"I don't think there's anything more historic than a cemetery. Roselawn truly is a sacred place," Miller said. The cemetery, located in Blende, was incorporated in 1891 and was named Riverview because the property originally stretched to the banks of the Arkansas River, When the Panic of 1893 affected the development of the cemetery, the Riverview association was unable to make payments to the Colorado Coal and Iron Co. and it was forced to reduce its acreage.
As the boundaries changed, so did the name.
Throughout more than a century, Roselawn has served as the historical link to Pueblo's past through the thousands of graves from Civil War soldiers, to immigrants and local pioneers.
As part of Wednesday's celebration, Pueblo County Commissioner Anthony Nunez read a joint citycounty proclamation in honor of Roselawn.
"This provides us the opportunity to celebrate the lives lived as we proclaim Nov. 14, 2012, as Roselawn Cemetery Day."
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