High Winds Damage Cemeteries in Colorado Springs

This must have been some storm! City officials closed all cemeteries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, indefinitely because of the damage caused by the wind.

Evergreen cemetery has nearly 50 trees toppled. Many hit and damaged headstones below. “There’s a lot of 100 year old graves, 140 year old graves that there’s nobody to contact,” said Manager Jody Sanchez Skamarak.

You can learn a bit more and watch a video of the damage in an article by Bill Folsom in the KOAA web site at https://goo.gl/XXwe9K.

My thanks to newsletter reader Joan Hanlon for telling me about this story.


At their highest peak, the winds were measured at 101 mph! Colorado Springs can be a windy city, but this was pretty devastating.


AAARGH! I hate when that happens! Something like this happened at the cemetery where my gr-gr-grandmother, Mary Magdelene Haller Graham, was buried in May 1856. She was buried in the cemetery of the Methodist Church in Williamsport, Pickaway Co., Ohio. According to an article in the Williamsport News, 11 Sep 1975, (which included a list of the before-known burials in that cemetery) “In May 1958, a number of the stones on the graves in the front were moved without authorization and were piled behind the church. ”
I didn’t know of that situation until I went to Pickaway County about 1994. I was stunned
to see only 2 neat rows of headstones in the smallish cemetery next to the church. Of course, my Mary’s stone was not among them. A church worker told me that a wind and hailstorm in 1980 destroyed the cemetery, uprooting trees which knocked down many of the remaining stones from 1958. The undamaged stones were arranged in the two rows, regardless of where the original graves might have been. Fortunately, the list of inscriptions that had been done 1910-11 gave this for my gr-gr-grandmother:
Graham, Mary M., wife of N. Graham, died May 17, 1856, aged 44 years, 9 months, 17 days.


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