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Riverside Cemetery

Denver's Riverside Cemetery is getting a makeover after 130 years in existence.

The Fairmount Heritage Foundation, local volunteers and a stone restoration specialist plan to restore the city's oldest cemetery, located on the east bank of the South Platte River.

The crew will assess more than 2,500 gravestones.

Some are buried and must be unearthed, others are cracking or eroding and others have fallen from their bases.

Some volunteers will be trained on how to clean the stones, reset them and perform minor repairs.

The cemetery closed last year, because not enough people were buying plots.

Territorial governors are buried at Riverside, along with Richard Buckingham, Denver's first mayor after statehood; and Owen Goldrick, Denver's first schoolteacher.


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