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1883 - 1895 ?

Although a 'work-in-progress' the Hope Cemetery details given here is a possible example of the types of details the MCGS Cemetery Project could work towards for all Mesa County cemeteries.

***From Kathy Jordan (need copy write authorization or new blurb) According to Gunnison and Mesa County records, Hope Cemetery was the first area planned as a cemetery by the Grand Junction Town and Investment Co. It was located between Independent and Texas Avenues on First Street...In 1883, John Mayhew filed on 160 acres then sold 60 acres to the Grand Junction Town Company.

*Conversation with Marie Tipping, Loyd Files Research Library in June 2022 - The original "owner" of the land may have been a Solomon Weser [exact spelling unknown], who was possibly a squatter. There were ruins of an old adobe or brick chapel that stood near the center of the plot. After 1887 burials were at a cemetery near the W.W. Miller Ranch.

Hope Cemetery Historical Documents

John Mayhew land purchase
John Mayhew Land Purchase Gunnison County, Land Sale Receipts - Registers of Cash Entries, 1518685_1(80), 1883-1890. Accessed 18 May 2002

PDF image of John Mayhew Land Patent issued by BLM 04 June 1890

Hope Cemetery plat image; No individual plots noted.

Hope Cemetery plat image

Plat of Hope Cemetery with survey notes

Transcription of Hope Cemetery survey notes

Hope Cemetery Abandoned

The Daily Sentinel, Tues, 06 June 1905, Page 2, Column 4

The old cemetery on the Fruit Ridge road, about one mile north of the city limits, long ago abandoned will be entirely effaced and the bodies still remaining in the old cemetery will be disinterred and removed to the the Orchard Mesa Cemetery. Preparations are now being made by the Gourley-Platt Furniture & Undertaking company to make this change, and the old cemetery, long unsightly in its appearance, will soon be a thing of the past. It is thought that about sixteen bodies are still in the old graveyard. Nearly all, if not all, of the graves are unmarked, and in nearly every instance the identity of those who were laid to rest in this cemetery years ago has been lost, and again on the removal to the Orchard Mesa cemetery the bodies will rest in unmarked graves.

The plot upon which the graveyard is laid out is owned by the Grand Junction Town & Development Company. Twenty-five years ago this company laid out the cemetery and many lots were sold. For several years the city's dead was laid to rest here, and there had been perhaps forty interments before it was decided to abandon the cemetery. The last burial service held there was in the year 1887, and from that year until the present time the little plot of ground directly on the public highway has been neglected and un-cared for. This was Grand Junction's first cemetery. For many years following the year 1887 interments were made in a cemetery near the W. M. Miller ranch and then about 12 years ago. the Orchard Mesa cemetery was laid out and lots sold. Efforts have been made from time to time by the residents of Fruit Ridge to have the old cemetery obliterated. At one time a petition, quite lengthy, was prepared and presented to the county commissioners, but no action was taken.

During the last two weeks the Town & Development Company decided to have the change made and the company let the contract to the Gourley-Platt company the latter part of the week. A more dreary and desolate scene ???? that presented by this long forsaken burying ground could hardly be imagined. The remains of an old adobe or brick chapel stand near the center of the plot. A road, the branch of the main highway, finds its was across a portion of the grounds. Years ago some of the graves were marked with stones, but today these stones are broken and scattered in all directions. Many of the mounds have sunken, and there are numerous empty graves, graves from which the bodies were removed long ago. No shade trees nor grass is there to give and air of restfulness to the place. It has all the loneliness and desolation that wrapped in oppressive gloom and weirdness the old graveyard described by Thomas Gray in his famous elegy.

Lot Purchases

  • 22 November 1884, Masonic Lodge 55,"Plat III, Division "B", Hope Cemetery. (22 June 1905, sold back to Grand Junction Town Company).

  • 23 December 1884, Mrs Mary J Chenowith, Lot 89, Division A (25 May 1905 lot was sold back to the Grand Junction Town Company.)

  • 26 Dec 1884 S.J. Scovill, Lot 27,Need copy of deed
  • There are two infant son's of SJ and SA Scovill buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Dates of death given as 1890 and 1891.

  • 14 June 1887, Mansir Stewart, Lot 25 (on the same deed Mr. Stewart also bought city lots 6,7,& 8)(In 1901 he sold the Hope Cemetery lot back to the City of Grand Junction)[Mansir Stewart is listed on the 1885 Mesa County, Colorado census as the head of household that included wife Julia and 8 children. lists his death in 1918 in Mack, Colorado.]

  • Thomas Williams Lot 87

  • Jan 1885 G W Mitchell Lot 24

  • 26 August 1885, James O. Bradish, Lot 92. (20 May 1905, sold back to Grand Junction Town Company)[Several 'Bradish' burials are listed in the MCGS cemetery database, however James' father Levi Bradish who died in 1885, and was probably moved from Hope Cemetery to the Orchard Mesa Cemetery, is not listed.]

  • 01 July 1885 D???? Lot 23

  • JW Stewart Lot 25

  • CB Collins


  • M. Franklin Chenoweth (sic), aged 14, died on 15 Sept 1883. Initially buried at Hope Cemetery his remains were moved to the Orchard Mesa Cemetery when Hope Cemetery was abandoned.

  • "Uncle" George Colyer. Died 8 Jan 1883, Age 68. Funeral Monday afternoon attended by a large number of friends. Life story and obituary 13 Jan 1883, Grand Junction News, pg 3

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