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Stephen G. Engle Thesis: Historic Rockland Cemetery and Upper Mount Vernon Canyon, 2014

 Item — Small Collection Box: 4, Envelope: 3
Identifier: Series-184

Scope and Contents

This research project is about historic Rockland Cemetery, and the historic and cultural connection that the interred of this cemetery have to the development of Upper Mount Vernon Canyon, Colorado.

Contains biographical information for: Jacob Blum, Katherine Lee Craig, Elsie Cherry Lee Darling, Abraham Hartzell, William J. McCoy, Nancy J. McCoy, John McCoy, Lucian Hunter Ralston, and Lucian McKee Ralston.


  • 2014


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Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.

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Author requests the use of proper citations.

Biographical / Historical

Rockland Community Church and Cemetery (also known as Old Rockland Church; Rockland Memorial Community Church; United Brethren Church; Mt. Zion Church) is a historic church building at 24225 Rockland Road in Golden, Colorado. The cemetery was established December 12, 1879 and is situated behind the Rockland Community Church on Lookout Mountain at the mouth of Mount Vernon Canyon.

The first burial was most likely Mrs. Hartzell. According to the book Shining Mountains by Georgina Brown, page 169, "She was probably the first to be placed to rest in the little cemetery." The Golden Globe Newspaper reported Mrs. Abraham Hartzell's burial on January 2, 1880.

Directions to Rockland Cemetery: Going west from Lakewood, CO on I-70, take exit #57 (Genesse), then east on Hwy 40. The Cemetery is located at the head of Mt. Vernon Canyon on the south side of old Hwy 40, in the NW 1/2, Sec 18, T7S, R70 W. (24225 Rockland Road, Golden, CO 80401)


0.10 Cubic Feet (One Master's Thesis in Small Collection Envelope)

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Copies available at Denver Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library.

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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

3500 Illinois Street
Suite 2350
Golden CO 80401 United States