Pioneer Cemetery

 

The Highlandlake Pioneer Cemetery is open to the public from dawn to dusk

Anyone caught in the cemetery after dark without signed, written permission in their immediate possession, is subject to arrest.
Questions? Please contact our Executive Director, Pauli Driver-Smith at: info@historichighlandlake.org

The first known burial in the Highlandlake Cemetery was in 1878. In 1880, the Highlandlake community created an official "Highlandlake Cemetery Association." and then purchased one and a half acres encompassing the original family burial ground from C. A. Pound. The cemetery association dissolved in 1906, however, many of the records continued to be kept, first by descendants of L. C. Mead, and now by Historic Highlandlake, Inc.

In the late 1990s, a great grandson of L. C. Mead (founder of Highlandlake and one of the first cemetery trustees), obtained the deed to the cemetery from Weld County who was holding it in trust. In 2001, he donated the cemetery to Historic Highlandlake. Several years later, the Mead/Jensen family also donated the cemetery records, including the original plot maps, cemetery record book, secretary minutes, transcriptions of headstones, many of which are no longer there, and other miscellaneous records.

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News

  • We now have a Perpetual Cemetery Fund managed by Longmont Community Foundation. The money donated to this fund will help maintain and preserve the Highlandlake Pioneer Cemetery for generations to come. We are a 501 ( c )3 charitable organization which means that your cash donation to this fund is deductible. All you have to do is click here and you will be taken to the Longmont Community Foundation page. Once there, you can type in Highlandlake Cemetery Fund and designate how much you want to give. Thanks!

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

  • If you know of a youth group that would like to help mow and maintain the cemetery, whether it is once or several times during the growing season, please contact us!

  • We are also looking for someone (Eagle Scout Project maybe) to transcribe and document all of the headstones in the cemetery.

  • Each year for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veterans Day, we place flags at every marked gravesite, then a couple days later remove them. This would be a perfect project for some young people who are looking for volunteer hours.

  • This year (2016) we are continuing work on the west border of the cemetery and around the Paul Mead (founder of Mead, CO) family plots. We need to stop the soil from blowing in from the fields to the west, so a retaining wall is something we definitely need if and when we can raise the money. We also want to clean up and maybe do some landscaping around these plots (this has to be drought resistant since we do not have water out there) to spruce things up a bit.

    All of this work is going to cost money (about $25,000) and we will need volunteers to help do the manual work. If you are willing to donate some money toward the cost of these projects, or would like to help in other ways, please contact us.

    We are a 501 ( c )3 charitable organization which means that your cash donation to this fund is deductible. All you have to do is click here and you will be taken to the Longmont Community Foundation page. Once there, you can type in Highlandlake Cemetery Fund and designate how much you want to give. Thanks!

For more information, please call our Executive Director, Pauli Driver-Smith (970) 535-4936

Records, Photos, and Stories:

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Link to our cemetery records including plot maps, transcriptions, and photos of headstones.
Link to Obituaries
DU Professor Lawrence conyer explains to a Greeley Tribune reporter how the GPR machine works.
Read all about Cadaver dogs and how they helped us locate unmarked graves.
Building the new entrance, donated by the Matrinez family in memory of their brother, Petey Martinez.
Mark Parsons
Migrant Worker from 2004 "Voices From The Grave" Cemetery Tour
A young girl places a flag at a grave for Memorial Day 2010