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Melvin-Lewis Burial Grounds
Aurora

Melvin-Lewis Burial Ground, Aurora, Arapahoe County, CO
SITE OF THE
JOHN R. LEWIS BURIAL GROUND
USED FROM ABOUT 1880 TO 1910
THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED IN 1961 TO RECALL
THE FORTITUDE AND PERSISTENCE OF
PIONEERS AT REST HERE.
        --Cherry Creek Grange

This burial ground is located on Parker Rd, about one half mile north of Orchard Rd (Aurora). It is currently being surrounded by the Pioneer Hills Shopping Center. The photographs were taken on August 25, 2002.  

Photos and information contributed by Douglas & Marjorie Middleton

The land on which the Pioneer Hills property is situated was acquired the University of Colorado at Boulder at no charge and they are exempt from paying taxes on it. They requested that the land be given to them by the Department of Health, Education &: Welfare as part of a research grant and their request was honored. (Source: Arapahoe County Assessorsí Office)

When the University took possession of the Pioneer Hills property, the cemetary contained more than 15 pioneer head or foot stones. Today, due to negligence & disregard, no stones remain. Only a few bases have survived. The University never did fulfill itsí promise to erect a monument at the site. One was finally placed by the Cherry Creek Grange. (Source: Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society & Douglas County Public Library records)

The property is currently strewn with garbage and littered with the remains of CUís "research facility." Piles of rubble, old utility connections, cement pads, and tattered fencing are evidence of the Universityís desire to enhance our community through their use of this property. (Source: visual inspection of property)

Photographs

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