Caribou, at nearly 10,000 feet in western Boulder County, Colorado, once was a thriving silver mining town. Its history lives on with the remains of those buried in the Caribou Cemetery, now quiet and sadly neglected.
Follow our progress as we begin the site's restoration and learn how you can help.
Our goal is to preserve the site, identify the graves, and return dignity and respect to the cemetery's men, women, and children.
They are not forgotten.
The map on the right shows a portion of western Boulder County, with the rough dirt road between Caribou and Nederland highlighted in red. Current access from the townsite to the cemetery is pedestrian-only and is discouraged until clean-up is completed and restoration is begun.
Check back often for updates.
(Map courtesy of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, 1946)
The “More Info” buttons below will take you the PAST, PHASE 1, and PHASE 2 pages that briefly explain the cemetery’s proposed restoration.
STUDYING THE PAST; PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Above, the last preservation effort (a wooden plaque and a fence) was a joint project, in 1953, of the Boulder Historical Society and the Boulder County Commissioners.
PHASE 1 –– IN PROGRESS
Above, cemetery entrance in 2020. We will clean debris, replicate the sign from 1953, and replace the fence. We are also are working on interpretive signs and pedestrian access.
PHASE 2 –– GRAVE SITES
Above, an iron fence still surrounds the grave of Margaret Perkins. With this only identifiable site, we are using historical photos in an attempt to match photos with existing foundations.
Your donations are much appreciated and are
tax-deductible through the NAHS, a 501(c)(3).
Kindly send us a message on the Contact Form to make sure your money is earmarked for the cemetery.
Your donation will be acknowledged on a DONOR PLAQUE.
Click below, or mail your check to:
Nederland Area Historical Society
PO BOX 1252
Nederland, CO 80466