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Alma Cemetery
Park County,

NOTE: The Alma Cemetery was originally called the Buckskin Cemetery because it is adjacent to the original town of Buckskin Joe (now a ghost town). Although the names Minihan and Moynahan are sometimes confused, Moynahan refers to Colorado Senator James Moynahan, who was elected in 1876 and 1882 and owned several large businesses in Alma, CO.

The following information is taken from the Fairplay Flume Newspaper dated 1894 December 6, page 4

The occasion of the ball at Alma last Thursday night was a tragic one for one of the participants and his friends. Ralph Minihan, a young man of 22 who has resided in that camp fro a few years past and who father, Capt. Jas. Minihan, is an old-timer in Alma and Park, attended the ball. Sometime during the night he took morphine, as is supposed, and a 2 o’clock in the morning he was discovered in an unconscious condition. Every remedy that could be applied failed to overcome the effect of the poison and the victim expired about noon on Friday.

Some people profess to believe that young Minihan, rendered morose by some imaginary slight at the ball, took the fatal drug with suicidal intent. Others prefer to think that he sought its aid in recovering from the effects of a somewhat protracted drinking bout, as he had been know to do on previous occasions and accidentally took an overdose. Be this as it may, the affair was a sad one and cast a feeling of gloom over the community wherein it occurred.

Moynahan Hose company took charge of the remains and the funeral service was conducted by Rev. Carlyon at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, interment being in Buckskin Cemetery.

Contributed on 8/10/08 by southparkperils
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Submitted: 8/10/08 • Approved: 8/14/08 • Last Updated: 3/23/17 • R21851-G0-S3

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