Haunting At The Central City Masonic Cemetery

The Central City Masonic Cemetery in Gilpin County, Colorado was established in the early 1860s, immediately following the establishment of the small mining community.  Today it is maintained by the county and has become a popular spot on the local historical society’s annual ghost walk!

Like many cemeteries, Central City Masonic boasts the claim light anomalies and orbs being photographed by night-time visitors.  Also reported are sightings of a little boy who will follow behind visitors, but will run and hide if anyone tries to approach him.  It is the Lady in Black, however, that has firmly cemented this burial ground’s haunted reputation.  Her story begins all the way back in 1887…

On November 1, 1887 a local man named John Edward Cameron passed away after a brief illness—paralysis of the heart was given as the official cause of death.  Cameron had moved to the area with his family when he was just seven years old and grew up to be a loved and respected citizen, even serving with the town’s fire and rescue squad.  At the time of his death, at age 28, he was unmarried, but it was rumored that he had been courting a woman who lived near Bald Mountain.

The town mourned his death, but a mysterious woman in black seemed to take his passing very hard.  Every day from November 1, 1887 to late June of 1888 the young woman would visit the grave.  On one occasion, she planted a yellow flower on the grave.  Suddenly, however, the visits stopped and the young woman wasn’t seen for several years.

But on November 1, 1890, the young woman returned and laid a bouquet of blue columbines on John’s grave before mysteriously gliding out of the cemetery.  This yearly vigil continued in the same manner until 1899, when a group of a dozen or so men, acting on the rumor that the young lady was actually a ghost, staked out the cemetery on November 1 in an effort to uncover the woman’s identity.

They were not disappointed.  That evening, the woman came into the cemetery and laid her flowers upon John’s grave.  The men noted that she appeared to be very beautiful, but her silk mourning clothes were of an outdated fashion.  They were so mesmerized that it wasn’t until she exited the cemetery and started up the hill toward Bald Mountain that they decided to go after her.  As they crested the hill, they found the woman was no where in sight.

Since then, the Lady in Black still walks the cemetery every November 1st, visiting the grave of John Cameron, who many believe had been her suitor in life.  She has also been seen roaming the cemetery on April 5th, following the same pattern of her November visits.  After all these years, her identity is still unknown.

28 comments
Anthony Baros
Anthony Baros

Danielle hav u heard of this place? I wanna go here now too lol

Roger Reynolds
Roger Reynolds

So cool take the walk thru several worth the ride and the view is zillion dollar

Carolyn Koberstein
Carolyn Koberstein

These cemeteries all need to be respected..think about all the history that the people have and had..with out them Central City would not be there. I have visited all of them and always show my respect to the people buried there..remember they were once like you and me..they were people..

Sharon Rose Ostrander Sowders
Sharon Rose Ostrander Sowders

JUST DON'T GO UP THERE AND TRASH IT!!!.....I HAVE RELATIVES BURIED IT THAT CEMATARY....every time we go up we see where there has been parties going on and there is cans, battles and trash left all around the cematary....DON'T DISRESPECT THIS LAND!!!!! This REALLY is upsetting to families that have love-ones buried there :( :(

Steven Fraire
Steven Fraire

hopefully the Lady in black is cute, its not cheating if its a Ghost

Mark Morris
Mark Morris

Because the media are morons....any old pic of a grvaeyard will do.

Jaime Codding
Jaime Codding

Its creepy just driving up there in the night!

Leslie Hull
Leslie Hull

Olivia Andrew here's one for you guys to go to

Jolene Codding Fraire
Jolene Codding Fraire

We tried to find it that night! Have to go back. .. Jaime Codding, Steven Fraire

Katie Patterson
Katie Patterson

Why are all the cool haunted places so far from where i love.... Anything in castle rock or parker???

Van Tran
Van Tran

Heather Zach Tony we got to go

Cindy A. Perez
Cindy A. Perez

I've been to both during day light and was pretty freaked out.

Caleb Haberkorn
Caleb Haberkorn

Holy crap I remember stopping at this place as a young boy. Oddly enough also remember seeing a figure all in black off in the distance but suddenly disappearing without a trace!!!\U0001f633

Kristopher Derby
Kristopher Derby

Unfortunately that's not a picture of the Masonic Cemetery, that's the Knights of Pythias. While they are a fraternal group they aren't tied to Masonry.

Sarah Walendzik
Sarah Walendzik

The Masonic Cemetery isn't near the Central City Cemetery or Knights of Pythias, why is the picture of Knights of Pythias?

Carrie Olguin
Carrie Olguin

We gotta go Cory Gill, although I think you amd your boys have already been there, lol