The Society of Black Hills Pioneers invites the community to visit Beulah Cemetery next week for a short ceremony to dedicate its newly completed fence and flag pole.
According to the society’s records, the earliest headstone at the cemetery dates back to 1890, the year in which Wyoming was welcomed into the Union. The cemetery is still in use today, making it a microcosm of Crook County life throughout its time as a Wyoming county.
Vernon Davis, Chairman of Cemetery Protection and Preservation, set out to protect the historic cemetery over a year ago, fundraising to build a fence that would keep tumbleweeds and cows out and a flag pole to honor the military personnel buried there. The level of support was astonishing, Davis says, with donations coming in from across the area and even as far afield as San Francisco and Seattle.
Davis and Jeannine Guern, Seconded Vice President, invite the public to a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. on August 1 and to view the completed work at the cemetery.
Davis asks that anyone who has a fallen military relative buried in the cemetery bring a D.D. Form 214 to the ceremony. This will enable him to obtain a military emblem for their grave.
By Sarah Pridgeon