Research trips for my historical fiction takes me to museums, libraries, historical societies, archives . . . and old cemeteries. Like the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
Established in 1892, the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery is one of Cripple Creek’s oldest sites. Mt. Pisgah remains a natural setting with native plants and wildflowers. Depending upon the time of year, you might find wild iris, goldenrod, Indian paintbrush, bluebells, even raspberries and strawberries in mid-summer.
Why visit cemeteries as part of my research?
1. To find historically accurate names.
2. To discover ethnic names for that time and place.
3. To find common nicknames.
4. To learn about the average lifespan.
5. To discover typical causes of death.
6. To learn the language and syntax used.
7. To feel immersed in history.
In my four Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek books, I used real-life women who lived in Cripple Creek in the late 1890’s, my time period for the series. Both of the historical women I featured in The Bride Wore Blue are buried atop Mt. Pisgah.
Have you visited old cemeteries? Which ones have you visited, and why?
© 2013 Mona Hodgson, Author and Speaker