|23 Chicken Creek Lane|
Postal Code: 59047
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Summary of Park County Poor Farm Cemetery plaque
In June 1892, Park County Commissioners contracted with architects to construct Park County's Poor House. Services of caretakers and physicians were contracted for the care of poor house residents. The Poor Farm served as the only governmental safety net available for those unable to provide for themselves.
The Park County Contract also provided for "burial expenses, if any there should be," and stipulated such burials "shall be conducted in a proper and respectable manner," and the Poor Farm Cemetery was established on the hillside to the west of the house. Between 1892 and 1924, at least 111 people were interred in the Poor Farm Cemetery.
In the early 1930's, a new facility was built to replace the County Poor House and renamed Sunset Farm. Designed as a rest home for the aged, both paying and county subsidized patients lived at Sunset Farm until senior health care reform led to its abandonment in the 1960s.
Buildings of the Sunset Farm have since been demolished, and little evidence remains of the Park County Poor Farm. There are many buried in unmarked graves.
In 2005, Park County Genealogy Society completed research efforts to identify Park County Poor Farm Cemetery internments. The names included are those which have been verified through death records and obituaries, but may not be inclusive of all who are interred.
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