Florissant



















                                          Downtown Florissant  around 1899 ~ (both photos from www.goldbeltbyway.com)






























Founded in 1870 along Ute Pass Trail, Florissant was the first community on the western slope of Pikes Peak. Travelers, traders, and Indians
stopped here long before the discovery of gold and silver in the mountains to the west. Mining booms in Leadville and Aspen brought the
tracks of the Colorado Midland Railroad through Florissant in 1886. Before the completion of the Midland Terminal Railroad to Cripple Creek
in 1895, the wagon and stage route between Cripple Creek and Florissant linked the Mining District to Colorado Springs and points west via
the Colorado Midland Railroad. To learn more about this hamlet's colorful history, visit the Florissant Heritage Museum.


www.goldbeltbyway.com

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                                          135-Year-Old Cemetery Celebration in Florissant




Florissant, Teller County, Colorado.  

April 27, 2009

The small mountain community of Florissant, 35 miles west of Colorado Springs, is celebrating its 135-year-old cemetery with the publication
of a new book, Florissant, Colorado Pioneer Cemetery--The Stories Behind the Tombstones, and the dedication of a new cemetery entrance
on Monday, May 25.

Florissant was established in June, 1870, when Judge James Castello built a Trading Post adjacent to a Ute Indian fort.  In 1872, Judge
Castello applied for an official post office which he named “Florissant” for his hometown in Missouri.  Gold seekers and pioneers flooded into
the area, but were unable to file legal title to homesteads until a survey of the Pikes Peak region was published in 1876.  Later, when the
Colorado Midland Railroad arrived 1886, scores of new families moved into the area.  These early pioneers lost loved ones in the ebb and
flow of life, and an informal cemetery sprang up among the aspens and pines.  Many of the graves were marked by a simple wooden stake.  
The earliest burial was probably that of a child who died in 1874, but the cemetery is filled with dozens of un-marked graves (with unknown
dates) as the wooden markers deteriorated and disappeared.   There may very well be earlier burials.

On August 27, 1886, Frank F. Castello (son of James) and his neighbors John Wilson and Valentine Hamman applied to El Paso County
(Teller County was carved out of El Paso County 1899) for a “Florissant Cemetery Association.”   Frank Castello and John Wilson were
named as the Trustees.  In November 1900, Frank Castello applied to have only himself named Trustee of the Florissant Cemetery
Association.  The record is vague after this date, and the cemetery fell into disrepair.  The Pikes Peak Historical Society began voluntary
maintenance in 1988.  In March, 1992, the District Court in Teller County named the Pikes Peak Historical Society as Trustee of the Cemetery.
(Florissant Heritage Foundation was renamed Pikes Peak Historical Society in 2001.)

Authors Laura L. Moncrief and Nancy M. Boyd open the graves of 109 of these early pioneers buried in the cemetery in their comprehensive
new book, Florissant, Colorado Pioneer Cemetery--The Stories Behind  the Tombstones.  This book is 220 pages, and includes family
genealogies, photos of each pioneer tombstone, and a complete index of over 500 surnames.

A reception for the authors and book signing will take place at the Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum  at 12:00 pm.  The Pikes Peak
Historical Society Museum is located across from the Florissant Post Office at 18033 Teller County Road #1.  This book signing will be
followed by the dedication of the new cemetery gate at 2:00 pm at the Florissant Pioneer Cemetery.  The Florissant Pioneer Cemetery is
located at 634 County Road #421 (Upper Twin Rocks Road).  This program is presented as a public service by the Pikes Peak Historical
Society, and is free to the public.   

Refreshments are provided, and admission is free.  Florissant is located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24.  For more
information, call 748-3562.


www.pikespeakhsmuseum.org/Museum/Main%20Headings/New&Events.htm

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              Florissant, Colorado Pioneer Cemetery: The Stories Behind the Tombstones


                                                                     By Laura Moncrief and Nancy Boyd






































Price: $29.95


The Stories Behind the Tombstones. They were all following a dream-- these pioneers buried at the Florissant Cemetery. Some dreamt of
finding gold. Others just wanted more land or healthier air to breathe. These are the stories of 109 pioneers. Many were infants and children--
small footprints left behind while their parents went on searching for their dreams. Florissant, Colorado was established in 1870 by Judge
James Castello. Others followed and in 1876 there were about 70 pioneers in the Florissant area. By the time of the 1880 U.S. Federal
census, there were 200 men, women, and children from 19 states and immigrants from 9 countries. This book of 220 pages consists of family
genealogies, photos of each pioneer tombstone, and a complete index of over 500 surnames. The authors donated their time and resources;
therefore, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to support this pioneer cemetery.


www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/florissant-colorado-pioneer-cemetery--the-stories-behind-the-tombstones/6343241


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                                                                     Florissant Pioneer Cemetery History





















  Above photo and the following information from:    www.visitcripplecreek.com/EnhancetheExperience.aspx#florissantcemetery




    The Florissant Pioneer Cemetery is located at 634 County Road #421 (Upper Twin Rocks Road) in Florissant, Colorado.


Florissant began as a Ute Trading Post built by Judge James Castello in June, 1870.  In 1873, Judge Castello applied for an official post office
which he named “Florissant” after his hometown in Missouri.  Hundreds of pioneers flooded into the area, but were unable to file for legal title
to homesteads until a survey of the Pikes Peak region was published in 1876.  Nonetheless, the ebb and flow of life continued.  Numerous
graves, many with simple wooden markers, began to dot the hillsides of this peaceful little valley before you.  The earliest legible marker is the
granite headstone of a child who died in 1874.  It is located in the historic section of the cemetery which is west of the flag pole.

On April 3, 1888, Frank Castello (son of James) and his neighbor John Wilson applied to El Paso County (Teller County was carved out of El
Paso County 1899) for a “Florissant Cemetery Association” with themselves as Trustees.  In November 1900, Frank Castello applied to have
only himself named Trustee of the Florissant Cemetery Association.  The record is vague after this date, and the cemetery fell into disrepair.  
The Florissant Heritage Foundation (renamed Pikes Peak Historical Society in 2001) began voluntary maintenance in 1988.  In March, 1992,
the District Court in Teller County named the Foundation as Trustee of the Cemetery.

When you visit our Pioneer Cemetery, remember that you are walking on hallowed ground.  Please treat it as such.  The Pikes Peak Historical
Society offers a $500 reward for information on any vandals.












                                                                                   
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