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The Animas City Cemetery is the oldest existing community cemetery in La Plata County and the only remaining cemetery that pre-dates the establishment of Durango. The cemetery is associated with Animas City (established in 1876) and it is an important historic reminder of that early settlement. The first burials in the cemetery are reported to be in 1877 with the first documented burial of a Lavender family member in May 1878. Many long term La Plata County residents have ancestors buried in this cemetery alongside Civil War veterans, infamous local outlaws, and young children. The last burial was interred in 1966. In 2004, Durango’s Historic Preservation Board and City Council designated the site as a Historic Landmark on the City Register of Historic Places.
~ Ruth E. Lambert
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