Four Civil War Vets Buried at the Whitewater Cemetery
Did you know there are four Civil War veterans buried at the Whitewater Cemetery? This Memorial Day weekend, take the short drive to Whitewater to pay your respects to four soldiers who served their country over 150 years ago.
When you stop and think about it, this is truly amazing. The American Civil Ended in 1865, a full 17 years before Grand Junction was even founded.
What brought these four men to Western Colorado? As you can see on the marker, some of the men served in the infantry in the states of Illinois and Ohio.
If you haven't visited the Whitewater Cemetery before, you should certainly make plans to for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Chances are you've seen it a hundred times when driving down Highway 50 towards Delta. It's located at the top of the hill in Whitewater, just north of Highway 50. You've probably seen the American Flag flying high atop the hill.
To find the Whitewater Cemetery, head southeast on Highway 50 towards Whitewater, then turn left on Reeder Mesa Road. After a short distance, you can turn right onto Whitewater Cemetery Road. This is a dirt road heading towards a couple of houses.
After another short distance, you'll see the cemetery directly ahead. There is a parking area near the gate. Please Note: There is a short walk from the parking area to the cemetery. The pathway is dirt and a little rocky. Those needing assistance walking should take extra precaution.
The Whitewater Cemetery really is fascinating. The vast history of those interned there is simply amazing. How often do you get to visit the grave of a Civil War veteran? This Memorial Day, pay a visit to the Whitewater Cemetery.