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The Riverside Cemetery

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The Riverside Cemetery, also called the Mayol Cemetery, is situated about ten miles north of Buena Vista and east of Highway 24, along the Arkansas River. (Sec. 12, T13S, R79W, 6th P.M.)

There are six distinguishable graves within the wooden fence. Other possible graves are outside of the fenced area. The tombstone of Emily Mayol had been the only marker in this small cemetery until it was smashed to pieces by vandals. None of the graves have any kind of marker today. The cemetery has no records and has been abandoned for many years.

Norma Acree Sandoval can be contacted for information to get permission to visit this cemetery which is located on private property.

People said to be buried there include the following:

  • ANDERSON, Hugh Age 57 yrs 1 mo, b. Scotland, d. 17 Oct 1904, was a farmer who was killed by a runaway team near Riverside. He was married to Sarah. (Chaffee County Court House Records Bk 1 p. 12) (Chaffee County Republican and Colorado Republican 20 Oct 1904) (See Granite Cemetery. - death Record says "Granite.") (Final Settlement notice in the Colorado Republican 7 Dec 1905)
  • EASTMAN, Child d. Dec 1885 "The remains of the child of P. C. EASTMAN that was buried years ago near LEONHARDY's was removed to the Buena Vista Cemetery Monday. The grave was on the line of the railroad grade." (Chaffee County Times 24 Dec 1885) (Buena Vista Democrat 5 Jan 1887)
  • FRAME, Infant Male b. & d. 2 Apr 1898, son of Mary FRAME (Chaffee County Court House Records Bk 1)
  • FRANKLIN, Infant Female Age 8 mos; b. Pine Creek, Colo.; d. 10 Jul 1906 near Pine Creek (Chaffee County Court House Records Bk 1 p. 14)
  • HOWARD, Frank A Railroad section hand who jumped from the train and was killed under the cars. (Buena Vista Democrat 3 July 1884) (Buried here?)
  • LEONHARDY, George Jr. d. Jan 1899 at Riverside (Salida Record 13 Jan 1899) (Buried here or in Buena Vista?)
  • LEONHARDY, Mrs. "Early yesterday morning the aged mother of George LEONHARDY died at Riverside after a long illness. A fine casket was sent to Riverside from DOYLE's. Funeral will occur from the home of Mr. LEONHARDY." (Colorado Democrat 15 Mar 1893)
  • MAYOL, Emily b. 24 May 1846 at Claret, France; d. 29 Dec 1870; wife of Francis MAYOL. Married 20 Feb 1867 in Claret, France. Died of childbirth complications while giving birth to her second child, Emilie Magdaline Mayol. This little girl grew up and married Albert C. KEABLES on 15 Oct 1889. (Marker destroyed by vandals in Summer, 1981) (A History of Chaffee County by Shaputis and Kelly) (Story - Chaffee County Republican 25 Sep 1953 page 2)
  • MAYOL, Francois "Frank" b. 26 Dec 1830, d. 1 Jun 1874 of pneumonia said to be caused from his crossing the Arkansas River; buried next to his first wife Emily (his first cousin), whom he had married in 1867. Frank Mayol recorded his brand on 1 Nov 1871 and took up his ranch in 1863. Frank Mayol and Nancy Boon were married 8 Mar 1872 at Centerville. (A History of the Arkansas Valley, 1881 p. 479) (A History of Chaffee County by Shaputis and Kelly, p. 221)
  • MAYOLE, Amelia Age 2 mos, d. Oct 1869, croup (1870 Park County Mortality Schedule)
  • MORRISON, Child "A little child of Mr. & Mrs. George MORRISON died at Riverside last Thursday. The remains were given in charge of Undertaker DOYLE, and the funeral occurred at Riverside." (Buena Vista Democrat 24 Apr 1890)
  • SCHMIDT, Ludwig d. 6 Aug 1896 (Source: John Ophus records, Salida, Colo.)
  • WOERNER, Child of J. A. Child, d. Dec 1885 (Chaffee County Times 24 Dec 1885)


(article contributed by June Shaputis, co-author of "A History of Chaffee County")



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