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Submitted: 11/5/08 • Approved: 11/13/08 • Last Updated: 3/23/17 • R22168-G0-S3
Gravestone Inscription: There is no gravestone; a Funeral Home Marker bears the hand-written name of Billy McGaffigan (a portion of the name is smudged).
Note: Two different obituaries on different dates provide conflicting information as to where the decedent was buried.
The Alma cemetery and Buckskin cemetery are one in the same. The cemetery was originally called the Buckskin cemetery because it was next to the original town of Buckskin Joe, now a ghost town. President Theodore Roosevelt approved the land grant for the cemetery to be used by Alma residents on 3/21/1902, Patent No. 1638.
Source: the following was taken from the Fairplay Flume Newspaper (Fairplay, Park County) dated August 6, 1909 page 1 August 13, 1909.
From the August 6, 1909:
Wm. McGaffigan, a well-known young miner, died after a short illness Tuesday night. It is said caused by complication of diseases. He was apparently in good health attending, the ball game Sunday and enjoying a drive. Dr. Ayers of Fairplay attended him but medical aid could not help him. He was a member of the local K. of P. lodge. His brother from Leadville arrived Wednesday evening.
From August 13, 1909:
The body of Wm. H. McGaffigan, who died last week, was shipped after being embalmed by Dr. Ayers and Undertaker A.B. Crook. The body was sent to Denver for burial, accompanied by J. McGaffigan of Leadville, a brother of the deceased.
Contributed on 11/5/08 by southparkperils
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