FROM CEMETERY TC CONSERVATOR!
III. Cheesman Park Bedivivus (yu
[Note: This is the third of a series of articles
about the history of the Denver Botanic Gardens and environs.
The first article, subtitled "City Cemetery" appeared in the
1976 summer issue of The Green Thumb; ghe second, dealing with
the beginnings of Cheesman Park, came out in the autumns sue,
19?£j the present article brings Cheesman Park up-to-date.
Future articles will deal with the Roman Catholic and Jewish
Cemeteries, the Pest House, the Morgan real-estate sub-divj <?ion,
the Captiol Hill Reservoirs, the City ICursery and Conp/resp Park.]
In I85?f "the Larimers, father and son, mounted their horses
in fcfe* ebryo Denver City to ride two miles east to claima rise frn
the prairie for a cemetery, which they named Prospect Hill. cince
then the hill has changed from a graveyard, "treeless, shrubles^,
waterless, utterly forsaken and neglected exeunt by pr^airie dogs," 1.
to green Cheesman Park^^js* *he Denver Botanic Gardens,and three
reservoirs whose water has made posoifele the park and the gardens*r*^
The prospect the Larimers saw was the great bow of the Front
Range of the Eocky Mountains from Pikes Peak to Mt. Evans to Longs
Peak and way beyond/ Today, trees and hirh buildings have blotted
out the north and south views, vjasrt little prospect that is left
/// fortunately includes Mt. Fvans, fortunately because Xt. Fvans -
may be claimed as Denver's own, just as Colorado Springs claims
Pikes Peak and Longmont and the northern tovms claim longs Peak.