New Linwood Cemetery trailhead in Glenwood Springs to be unveiled
July 31, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – On Saturday at noon, the twin values of highlighting history and community spirit will come together at the dedication of a newly built trailhead for the Linwood Cemetery, celebrated as the presumed burial site of famed gunslinger John “Doc” Holliday, among other luminaries.
The new trailhead, with a deck, red stone retaining walls, a drinking fountain and low-level lighting for visitors at night, is the result of a combined effort by the Frontier Historical Society Museum, the local Elks Lodge No. 2286 and the city of Glenwood Springs. It is located on Bennett Avenue at 12th Street.
Museum director Cindy Hines said the idea for the project came up in early 2008, during preparations for the annual Ghost Walk event, a Halloween-oriented historical tour.
“We started thinking, we use the trailhead for the Ghost Walk, the trail’s on a slope, there’s no room,” Hines recalled. “This is one of the most visited places in Glenwood Springs – let’s do something about it.”
A member of the museum’s board, Ann Gremel, also is connected to the Elks lodge, and told Hines that the members “were looking for a big project to do.”
With the Elks on board, Hines said, the planning proceeded with a design by local architect Dean Moffatt, and the donation of materials by several local businesses, including Big John’s Lumber, Becvarik Brothers Concrete, Sopris Engineering, Pines Stone and Casey Concrete.
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Local contractor John Yost started on Phase One, the walls and deck, in the fall of 2008, with the help of stone mason Chris Lavin and Elk’s Lodge member Ben Hersch, and was finished in time for the 2008 Ghost Walk.
Another local builder, Delwyn Fletcher, coordinated the installation of the water and electric lines last spring, and the project was finished.
“I don’t have an exact count yet on volunteer hours,” Hines said, “but it was a lot.”
She said the effort was awarded two grants from the city’s Tourism Promotion Fund, totaling $26,000, but thanks to all the volunteer labor and donated materials the project used up only $16,000. The rest, she said, will either go back into the fund or be used to spruce up the Linwood Cemetery.
The museum will provide lunch to participants in Saturday’s ceremony, and those present can expect a speech or two about the project.