3:13 pm - Monday December 18, 0051

Cemetery Crawl Organized to Raise Money to Repair Vandalized Headstones

Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery will be hosting the First Annual Friends of Fountain Fairview Cemetery Crawl on Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last cemetery tour starting at 1:00 p.m..  Each tour will last approximately 1 hour.  All tours will begin at the entrance of Fountain Fairview Cemetery located at 757 South Santa Fe Avenue.  The Cemetery Crawl is a guided tour of the historic cemetery with actors in period dress telling stories of the people throughout history who settled the Fountain Valley and built the City of Fountain.

 

There will also be a silent auction and art show running concurrently from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Fountain Library located at 230 South Main Street.  The art show will feature photographs from the cemetery taken by UCCS history Department students.

 

Recently, the Fairview Cemetery was vandalized leaving a number of headstones damaged.  Many of the damaged historic headstones were from the mid-1800s and longer have family in the area to take care of them. “The Fairview Cemetery is sacred to so many people and an important part of our community.  The damaged headstones have great historical significance.  We wish to honor those lives that built the Fountain Valley and preserve their stories for future generations. It is truly amazing how many local organizations have stepped forward to contribute to this fundraising effort. We can’t thank them enough.” said Dave Smedsrud, Community Services Director with the City of Fountain.

 

Tickets for the Crawl are $10 per person and children under 12 are free.  All proceeds from the events will go to repair headstones and increase surveillance at the cemetery to prevent future vandalization.

 

Friends of Fairview Cemetery hope to raise $2013 at this year’s first annual event.  Other organizations in the community sponsoring this event include the City of Fountain, Fountain Valley Foundation (FVF), Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum, Fountain Valley Preservation Association, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) History and Geography Departments, VFW Post 6461, Fountain Valley Community Activity and Nutrition, Pikes Peak Library District Fountain Branch, and the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce.

 

For more information about this event, please contact Darlene Baker at 719-322-2024 or via email at darlene@fountaincolorado.org.

 

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