Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hey, got a relative at Guffey Cemetery?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

The mountain town of Guffey pops up on the Indy’s radar every now and then. The most involved coverage has come in relation to the horrible 2000 killings that former editor Kathryn Eastburn wrote about for the paper, and then in her nonfiction book, Simon Says. But we also run listings for its controversial annual Fourth of July Chicken Fly, and occasionally slap a photo from there on our Slice of Life page.

Anyway, with the town only 70 miles or so away, it has plenty of connections to Colorado Springs. And Bill Soux, perhaps Guffey's most prominent citizen, is pretty sure that some Colorado Springs residents have family buried at the historic Guffey Cemetery.

He’s also pretty sure that some of those residents won’t be happy about what's happened up there.

Guffey cemetery
  • Courtesy Bill Soux
  • A product of the committee's work.

A couple months ago, a now-defunct group called the Guffey Cemetery Committee headed a “cleanup” project that included cutting down trees and tearing down battered fencing. Soux (who lost a favorite tree in the project) says the committee had no right to do this; a notably in-depth story in the Fairplay Flume explains, among other things, that no one even knows who owns the land.

While aesthetic judgments on the above may be left to the beholder, there’s no doubt that ATV tracks were left in the workers’ wake, and Soux says some grave sites were desecrated.

Anyway, here’s where you come in: If you indeed happen to have family buried in the cemetery of this “small friendly mountain town,” and would like to work on restoring the land to its more rustic look, Soux invites you to contact him at 689-3291, or through guffeycolorado.com.

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