ROCK SPRINGS — The Rock Springs Historical Museum will offer a walking tour of the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 18. People can meet for the free tour at the directory located at the center of the cemetery. Organizers said the event will last close to two hours.
Rock Springs native Corina K. Lee will guide the tour. Lee is an avid local historian who has invested years researching her own family’s contributions to the history of Rock Springs. Lee became interested in other headstones while walking the cemetery documenting her family’s plots, and she began researching those residents. Four years ago, Lee put together her first cemetery walking tour, and the demand for them has grown each year. Each of her tours differs slightly based on new research, time restraints, and questions from tour participants.
“Lee offers a tour that teaches our local history through the lens of the lives of Rock Springs residents,” Rock Springs Historical Museum Coordinator Jennifer Messer said. “Lee is incredibly respectful of the citizens she talks about and makes our local families accessible for the listener. There are so many individuals here who contributed to the community, and it is humbling to hear their stories.”
The Rock Springs cemetery was founded in 1889. The people of Rock Springs believed it was important enough that volunteers worked for months in 1924 moving all the unregistered graves around the community into the cemetery. In the 1980s the cemetery was completely surveyed and relandscaped, and the city began ongoing maintenance and improvement.
Interested parties should note that as this is a walking tour there will be a good deal of walking over elevation changes and periods of standing. Participants should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the weather as the ground can be both wet and uneven. Masks and social distancing are suggested. The cemetery does not allow pets on the grounds.