GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The City of Montrose has completed a non-invasive study of a section of Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Ground-penetrating radar has been used to help administrators have a better understanding of burial records they've kept and future availability of grave plots within the cemetery.
The study focused on section F, which is one of the oldest areas of Cedar Cemetery.
Over a period of three days in late March, archaeologists with ERO Resources Corporation with offices in Durango and Hotchkiss conducted the study.
The purpose of the survey was to assess gaps within the cemetery records to determine the availability of burial plots.
A comprehensive map was produced to help guide the city with decisions related to the management and protection of existing graves within the survey area.
Grave markers and cemetery records show that most of the burials in this section date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Some of the report data support a widely known theory that the land was used for burials before it was deeded to the city in 1886.
58 Civil War veterans at the cemetery are also mentioned in the study. O.D. Loutzenhizer, a founding father of the city is in section F, although just outside the GPR grid.