Colorado has a wealth of historic cemeteries, most dating from the mid 1800’s and are relics of the state’s gold rush mining days.
The early residents of mining towns—such as Central City and Blackhawk—chose places of beauty for their loved ones’ final resting place. Generally these locations would be away from the mines and hustle/bustle of a busy mining community.
Just outside of the town of Central City and Blackhawk Colorado, can be found two very old and photogenic cemeteries. One being the Knights of Pythias (a fraternal order) and another, the “Catholic” cemetery.
Over time these locations have taken on an appearance of solitude and desolation as the monuments to loved ones are worn down by time. But they are also places of great beauty as well.
Aspen trees have emerged from surrounding hillsides to cast their holy light on the white marble stones. In the spring wild flowers adorn the grounds in large numbers and the aspens nearly glow florescent green as the new leaves emerge. In the Fall, the ground is covered in fallen leaves and the aspen show off their splendid golden fire-like colors.
The tombstones vary from ornate pillar towers surrounded by cast iron gates to simple small blocks of marble, unkempt and succumbing to the various lichen which give a wonderful aesthetic to the scene.
Photographic opportunities about here. You’ll find that working with HDR or black and white imagery can be particularly interesting, particularly in the winter when the flowers and aspen leaves are no longer in play.
These locations can be integrated into the itinerary of many of our full day photo tours. We can also visit many other old and historic cemeteries if you’d like to make that the theme of the day.