The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery is a podcast for cemetery lovers, preservers, and even those who've never walked among the graves. Join hosts Jennie and Dianne as they explore old cemeteries and learn the stories of those buried within their walls. After all, every death had a life, and every life had a story.
Episode 31 - Last Great Mining Boom Cripple Creek, Colorado and Mt. Pisgah Cemetery
Jennie and Dianne take a trip to the past to explore Mt. Pisgah the ordinary extraordinary cemetery located just outside of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Cripple Creek is where Colorado's last great gold boom took place in 1891. Mt. Pisgah is the final resting place of hundreds of hard rock miners, cowboys, railway workers, mothers and children, ladies of ill repute, and many others who dreamed golden dreams. In this episode we hear tale of a man killed in a bar-room brawl, meet Cripple Creek's most beloved madams and learn about the Peiffers who were integral members of the Cripple Creek community.
Resources for this episode include:
Antonuccio, Steven, and Jan Mackell. "Voices of Cripple Creek." youtube.com, uploaded by Steven Antonuccio, 5 Nov. 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzlsBT91xmI
Sawatzki, Jim. "The Treasure of the Cripple Creek Mining District." youtube.com, uploaded by Steven Antonuccio, 28 July 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6co1tQnWMU0
Sprague, M. (1979). Money Mountain: The Story of Cripple Creek Gold. Bison Books.
Lee, M. B., & Thomas, L. (1984). Cripple Creek Days. Bison Books.
Cripple Creek, C. O. (1992). Cripple Creek Colorado Commemorative Centennial Program. (1-95).
Feitz, L. (1967). Myers Avenue a Quick History of Cripple Creek's Red Light District. (5th ed., 1-31). Little London Press.
"Cripple Creek Heritage Center." https://www.colorado.com. www.colorado.com/history-museums/cripple-creek-heritage-center. Accessed 2 May 2021.
Weiser, K. (n.d.). Pearl de Vere - Soiled Dove of Cripple Creek, Colorado. https://www.legendsofamerica.com/. Retrieved May 2, 2021, from https://www.legendsofamerica.com/co-pearldevere/
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Stanley, D. (n.d.). Exploring Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Cripple Creek. https://www.thedenverchannel.com. Retrieved May 2, 2021, from https://www.thedenverchannel.com/lifestyle/discover-colorado/exploring-mt-pisgah-cemetery-in-cripple-creek
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Episode 30 - Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon
In this episode Jennie and Dianne explore Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. They share the tragic stories of victims from a steamship explosion, the heart-breaking story of the first woman charged with murder in the Oregon territory, they share an article written in 1922 about the historical significance of the cemetery and why it needs to be cared for, and they talk about a new, exciting project to commemorate the many Chinese immigrants buried in this ordinary, extraordinary cemetery.
Episode 29 - Cemetery at Indian Hot Springs State Park, Georgia
Dianne and Jennie attempt to uncover the history surrounding a wooded cemetery located inside of Indian springs State Park in Butts County, Georgia. We are hoping this episode will encourage anyone who has more information on this cemetery to let us know. Perhaps your ancestors are buried there? We would love to learn more of the stories laid to rest in such a fascinating ordinary, extraordinary cemetery!
Episode 28 - A Visit with Kristen Allen Founder of BloomBridge
Kristen Allen, founder of BloomBridge, joins Jennie and Dianne this week to discuss how a promise to her grandmother led to building a business that helps to connect the living and the dead. BloomBridge believes there is something to be said for remembering your loved ones. Honoring someone after they pass is about respect and loyalty. Flowers in a cemetery represent that life is still there and brings peace of healing to those that are still here. They want to help spread that peace to everyone.
Episode 27 - Old Cemetery & the Ghost Town of Bannack, Montana
Jennie and Dianne share the history of Montana's oldest and best preserved ghost town and its cemeteries: Bannack, Montana. They tell of the discovery of gold, the tenacity of the residents and they share some of the obituaries of those who were there when the town was born and when it was no more. Come along to another ordinary, extraordinary cemetery in the wild, wild west!
Episode 26 - Stonecutter W.E.Lindsey and the Genoa Cemetery in Genoa, Nevada
Special guest Karen Dustman tells the stories of stonecutter W.E.Lindsey who is credited with carving many elaborate headstones in Nevada, California, Illinois and many other states. She also shares the research she and her colleagues have done to publish the stories of the many ordinary, extraordinary souls buried in the Genoa Cemetery in Genoa, Nevada.
Interesting Way to Explore Communities’ History
An enjoyable listen telling the stories of those who have passed on. I particularly like the episodes that give snapshots of a town or community’s history through the lives of those interred in their cemeteries. That said, the interviews with guests are often really interesting as well.
Full of facts and interesting people!!
I absolutely love this podcast! I can tell they have put a lot of time and research!! Much appreciated and just what I was looking for! Thank you!
Love this podcast so much!
What great content and history well-told!