Cemetery Facts

In 1871 Erie ended at Holbrook Street to the east. The site of the old Presbyterian Church was not annexed into the Town until 1883 as the "West Addition". The site of the original cemetery is rumored to have been near the old Presbyterian Church, which was built around 1883. If there was a cemetery there it would have been moved when the Railroad tracks were built there in 1885. However, there are burials on the hill at Mount Pleasant dating back to the 1870's. The first major recorded flood in Erie was in 1876. There are stories about the old cemetery being flooded and caskets floating down the street and bones washing up in Coal Creek. The news article from the Greeley Sun reporting on the flood does not mention this grim event and if in fact the cemetery was located behind the Presbyterian Church, according to the Army Corps of Engineers would not have been in the flood path.

Who's Who

  • Eight former Mayors/Presidents of the Board
  • Oldest is Revered John T. Williams b. 1815 d. 1896
    • President of the Board 1875 to 1876
    • Rev Williams is buried with his first wife and second wife and a 9 year old son. According to the Boulder News, John (son) accidentally shot himself on Sept 25, 1893 he was found lying with revolver that belonged to a border in the house. According to the Boulder Weekly Herald, the second Mrs. Williams committed suicide on May 25, 1895 at Erie by jumping into a well; she had been demented for some time due to a death in the family.
  • Two Presbyterian Ministers and two Methodist Ministers
  • Merchants and Business Owners:
    • The Probert Family-opened Erie's first drugstore
    • William Drinkwater – Co-owner of the Garfield Mine
    • John Morgan – Erie Postmaster in 1898
  • Names representing immigrants (most of them miners that came here to work in the coal mines) include those from: Scotland, France, Wales, England, Germany, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Russia, Bulgaria and Mexico.
  • 9 Civil War Veterans
  • 2 Spanish American War Veterans
  • 12 WW I Veterans
  • 21 WWII Veterans
  • 3 Korean War Veterans
  • 11 Vietnam War Veterans