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EDUCATIONAL TOURS FOR SCHOOL GROUPS

Bring your class to Denver’s oldest cemeteries for a unique look at local history and a great learning experience.

Riverside Cemetery

5201 Brighton Blvd.

Denver CO 80216

(just north of the National Western Stock Show complex)

FAIRMOUNT CEMETERY

430 S. Quebec St

Denver CO 80247

(southeast of the corner of Quebec St. & Alameda Ave.)

WHY VISIT THESE HISTORIC CEMETERIES?

Riverside and Fairmount are Denver’s oldest, operating, pioneer cemeteries.  Rather than being “spooky burial grounds,” they are beautiful places where much of Colorado’s history is preserved. Founded in 1876, Riverside is the oldest operating cemetery in Denver.  Fairmount, founded in 1890, is the largest cemetery in Denver with an area over 250 acres. At both sites, students will see the gravestones of and hear about governors, senators, mayors, educators and many others who helped shape our city and state, along with trees planted in the 1800’s.

 You may design and conduct your own self-guided tour or activity at either cemetery. 

Or you may take advantage of our suggested tours and our trained tour guides are available free of charge!

Both cemeteries have been designated wildlife viewing areas by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Bathroom facilities are available at both sites.

 AT RIVERSIDE CEMETERY VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF:

  •  Over 1100 Civil War veterans
  •  The first governor of Colorado
  •  Clara Brown, the ex-slave whose grave is probably the cemetery’s most-visited site
  •  Two early professional baseball players and a circus clown
  •  A man whose tombstone is a large replica of his log cabin
  •  Denver’s first schoolteacher
  •  3 Civil War Medal of Honor recipients

 Riverside has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to the Historic Riverside Center for Education & Preservation.

 AT FAIRMOUNT CEMETERY YOU VISIT THE GRAVESITES OF:

  •  Veterans of the Civil War, World Wars I & II, the Spanish-American War, and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq
  •  25 notable architects, including Frank Edbrooke
  •  The namesakes of many schools including Emily Griffith
  •  5 Medal of Honor recipients
  •  Many of Colorado’s railroad builders, engineers, bankers, lawyers, and publishers
  • Colorado’s largest arboretum and trees planted in the 1890’s 

 Fairmount has three buildings that have been designated as Denver landmarks: the Little Ivy Chapel; Fairmount Mausoleum, the city’s largest and most beautiful public mausoleum; and the Gate Lodge, which now houses the office and archives of the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. It is also the largest arboretum in Colorado and home to one of the largest collections of “Old Garden Roses” in North America.

 WHY ARE VISITS TO RIVERSIDE AND FAIRMOUNT IDEAL FOR SCHOOL GROUPS?

Touring these old cemeteries directly addresses two history standards set by the Colorado Department of Education:

  •  3rd grade:  Describe the influence of people in the past on the development and interaction of different communities or regions.
  •  4th grade:  Organize and sequence events to understand the concepts of chronology and cause-and-effect in the history of Colorado. 

Have your students explore these historic sites during an exciting outdoor field trip while helping them fulfill learning goals.

 We are be happy to answer your questions and schedule your visit.

To schedule an Educational Program

Please call 303-399-0692

Or email:

heritage@fairmountheritagefoundation.org

Advance reservations are required for all tours and educational programs except the FREE Tours.