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Florissant Pioneer Museum

The Florissant Pioneer Cemetery is located at 634 County Road #421 (Upper Twin Rocks Road) in Florissant, Colorado.

Florissant began as a Ute Trading Post built by Judge James Castello in June, 1870. In 1873, Judge Castello applied for an official post office which he named “Florissant” after his hometown in Missouri. Hundreds of pioneers flooded into the area, but were unable to file for legal title to homesteads until a survey of the Pikes Peak region was published in 1876. Nonetheless, the ebb and flow of life continued. Numerous graves, many with simple wooden markers, began to dot the hillsides of this peaceful little valley before you. The earliest legible marker is the granite headstone of a child who died in 1874. It is located in the historic section of the cemetery which is west of the flag pole.

On April 3, 1888, Frank Castello (son of James) and his neighbor John Wilson applied to El Paso County (Teller County was carved out of El Paso County 1899) for a “Florissant Cemetery Association” with themselves as Trustees. In November 1900, Frank Castello applied to have only himself named Trustee of the Florissant Cemetery Association. The record is vague after this date, and the cemetery fell into disrepair. The Florissant Heritage Foundation (renamed Pikes Peak Historical Society in 2001) began voluntary maintenance in 1988. In March, 1992, the District Court in Teller County named the Foundation as Trustee of the Cemetery.

When you visit our Pioneer Cemetery, remember that you are walking on hallowed ground. Please treat it as such. The Pikes Peak Historical Society offers a $500 reward for information on any vandals.


 

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