The Bingham Hill Cemetery is located just north of Bingham Hill Road near the top of the hill. There is a pathway that leads from the road up to the cemetery. From the top, it is possible to look down over the extent of the historic Brinks property that might soon be torn up by heavy machinery as Greeley comes through to build a third pipeline to carry water from the Poudre river down to the city of Greeley. Rose Brinks has not only spurned developers who wanted to come in and subdivide her property into multiple, riverside residences, but she has also been the person who has maintained the Bingham Hill Cemetery. She also did quite a bit of research and has written a book about the people that are buried in this cemetery. (If you would like to know more about what’s going on with Rose’s property, as well as the property of neighbors to either side, I’d encourage you to check out Cat’s post in the Lost Fort Collins blog on the topic.)
Rose, with the help of friends and the Cache la Poudre chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have placed a memorial stone with information about the founding of the cemetery, and I’m guessing they may also be the ones who have made new stones to replace some of the old ones that are broken and worn. There are several stones, however, that are completely illegible (if they were ever written on to begin with) and those remain as they are.
If you’re looking for a peaceful place to get away, this is a wonderful cemetery to visit. It’s far from the maddening crowd, has a beautiful view (for now, at least), and is a wonderful testament to the honor and respect that Rose Brinks and friends have towards the pioneers that came before them.
If you need help finding the cemetery, here’s a map. If you’re driving north on Overland Trail and you reach the community of Laporte, you’ve gone too far.
Great post! Just a suggestion – adding a map would make it easier for folks to explore these great historic areas (especially for those of us that aren’t as familiar with our new town).
Good point! I’ve added a map. And while I was in there fiddling about, I got rid of the Picasa version of the slideshow and used the built-in slideshow that are new theme came with. 🙂 Hopefully that will work better for folks.