The Ghosts of Buckskin Joe

Hello my friends,
Today is Friday the 13th.  So I'm just wondering, do you have any superstitions, and
do you believe in ghosts?
 
Yesterday hubby and I visited the quaint town of Fairplay, Co.  While there we walked through South Park City.  A fun historic place with 40 exhibits to see.  Seven of them were original to the town.  I'll be sharing some of the fun items that we saw there in another post.
 
On our way home we drove to Buckskin Cemetery.

 
It's all that is left of the ghost town of Buckskin Joe.

 
Buckskin Joe, also called Laurette or Lauret, is a deserted ghost town in Colorado, United States. It was an early mining town, and county seat of Park County, Colorado.

As we drove up the hill, the cemetery looked small, consisting of only a handful of headstones.  But as we got out and walked, we found graves all over the hillside.

 
 
Many of them were in metal or wooden enclosures.
 


 

I have never been to a cemetery before that had so many primitive crosses.
 
 







 
This cast iron one was so unique and I loved the patina!

 
When you were a kid did you ever say, "cross my heart and hope to die"?  Me and my sisters use to say that when we were promising to tell the truth.  I wonder where we learned that from?
 
These two headstones of a husband and wife were right next to each other.  I thought they were very unique.
 

 
Do you find cemeteries to be eerie?
 
I find them to be very peaceful.  A place where someone's dear one has been laid to rest.
 
As we were leaving I noticed this heart hanging in a tree.
 
 
We stopped at an antique store in Fairplay.  The owner told us that last weekend Buckskin Cemetery had their annual celebration.
 
It is held on the night of a full moon and people dress like some of the deceased and do some type of reenactment.
 
She said people come from all over to see it.
 
I think that would be so interesting to see!  A bit of creepy fun!
 
I snapped this photo of an old church in Leadville, CO today.
I loved how the sun was shining right behind the steeple!
 
 
 
Wishing you a wonderful Friday the 13th, and remember, don't walk under any ladders.  :)
Good luck,
Jann

 

12 comments

Louca por porcelana said...

Love your post,Jann!I forgot today is Friday the 13th!When I was a child I usually did something like that!Interesting and fun!

laura@notatrophywife.com said...

Loved this post too Jann! And, I live in Colorado!

laura

NanaDiana said...

LOL- Probably my ONLY superstition...Friday the 13th. A couple of BAD things happened to me on that date that I won't go into here. lol
I love old cemeteries. I grew up next to one and find them to be historically fascinating and not creepy at all.
Great pictures. I would love to see that old cemetery. xo Diana

Betty said...

Thanks for sharing. My Hubby would love to go there. We both love old cemeteries. I use to be superstitious, but now not so much.

happyone said...

I'd like to walk around there. No, don't find cemeteries eerie at all. As you know I walk around two of them almost every day.
No, I'm not superstitious.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Jann, I loved your post today! It was so very interesting and not creepy at all. I am surprised how some of the wood crosses stayed in such good condition. O love the old church house I might even try painting it. Fun, Fun!
xoxo Jo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I like going to old cemeteries. Just so interesting.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your post is fun and a little creepy. You were so close to the graves! There is a 1700-1800's cemetary in Naples, NY with huge headstones and wrought iron gates with grapes and grapevines on them(grape country). It is the eeriest place I have ever walked into and couldn't wait to get out!
Ever since I went to Italy on my honeymoon, I no longer think of Friday the 13th as bad luck. It is a good luck number there, the date of my wedding and the birthdate of two of my close friends. 13 is now one of my favorite numbers :-)

Linda W. said...

I think old cemeteries are interesting. I liked all the old wooden crosses on the graves.

Jeanie said...

Looks like fun and I'm glad you've been having a good holiday. I love going to old cemeteries. Some of those are so old. Really interesting.

Rose L said...

Very interesting headstones!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love visiting old cemeteries, Jann. This is one I have not visited as yet, and it looks so interesting and probably dates back to the gold rush era in the 1850's and on. That was a harsh time for the people and many died young.

I know this church in Leadville. We took the train ride in Leadville this summer--lots of fun!

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