Learn about early pioneer settlers during Arvada cemetery tour

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Posted 9/12/18

Hear stories of some early Arvada pioneer settlers while touring three local cemeteries, all of which were established to bury infants of the early settlers. The self-guided tour is Sept. 22 and is …

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Learn about early pioneer settlers during Arvada cemetery tour

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Hear stories of some early Arvada pioneer settlers while touring three local cemeteries, all of which were established to bury infants of the early settlers.

The self-guided tour is Sept. 22 and is for hearty souls and history buffs, with Arvada Historical Society members present to answer questions.

A presentation at the main Arvada Cemetery at 57th and Independence begins at noon. Presenters will tell about the lives of Benjamin Wadsworth, George Swadley and Enoch West, with a graveside presentation for each pioneer.

Two graveside presentations will begin at 2 p.m. at the Ralston Cemetery at 6137 Holman St. in west Arvada. Re-enactors will tell about the Brinkerhuff and Osborn families and will share the little-known history of the early Ralston Crossing Cemetery.

The final leg of the tour is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at the Belgin family cemetery, a truly hidden treasure. The last tour requires walking a distance to a secluded site on the south side of the Croke Canal.

Participants can purchase bracelets for $8. Children 6 and younger may attend for free. No advanced sales. A booklet with a tour map and explanation of each cemetery and pioneer is included in cost.

Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. In addition, check the arvadahistory.org website to confirm that the third cemetery will be accessible for the tour.

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