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Columbia Cemetery

Columbia Cemetery

About Columbia Cemetery

Situated on 10.5 acres at Ninth and Pleasant Streets, the cemetery is a virtual "Who's Who" of early Boulder--a historic, cultural, and artistic resource containing the remains of many of our city's founders and pioneers.

Nearly 6,500 persons are interred in Columbia Cemetery. The gravestones are not simply inanimate markers of granite, marble, sandstone, or metal--they are narratives that reveal provocative clues about who we were, how we lived and died, what shaped our values, attitudes, and traditions. The epitaphs, engravings, and decorations provide insight into the minds and hearts of the hardy pioneers that have helped to make Boulder and Colorado what they are today. We invite you to browse the various links below to enhance your understanding and appreciation of Boulder's historic pioneer cemetery.

If These Stones Could Talk: Tales from Columbia Cemetery

A book about Columbia Cemetery history includes information on its "residents," grave markers, symbolism, and preservation efforts. "If These Stones Could Talk: Tales from Columbia Cemetery" by Mary Reilly-McNellan, Lise Cook Cordsen, Judith Gould Dayhoff and Barbara Walsh Myers is available at Boulder Bookstore and on Amazon. To order directly from the authors ($20/book, includes S&H) please email Mary Reilly-McNellan at Proceeds benefit Columbia Cemetery preservation efforts.

Columbia Cemetery Conservation Corps received first “Betty Chronic Preservation in Action Award”

The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s Columbia Cemetery Conservation Corps received the first “Betty Chronic Preservation in Action Award” during Historic Boulder, Inc.’s annual membership meeting and awards ceremony.


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