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To get to Aldridge Cemetery you must cross property owned by the Royal Teton Ranch of the Church Universal and Triumphant. To access the cemetery you must first go to the front desk of the Royal Teton Ranch, located at 922 Old Yellowstone Trail S, Gardiner, Mt 59030. You will be required to sign a liability release form before permission will be granted to access their land.
Aldridge Cemetery History Found in
Aldridge Photo History, Bill & Doris Whithorn, P127
During the early years all the dead of Aldridge were carried down the hill to the cemetery at Horr. There against the hill behind the school is the remnant of the cemetery [Horr/Electric Cemetery], many of the graves in bad repair. But along with that of Joseph Alfred Sargent and his wife Emma Holbrook, who passed away in 1917 are several others in readable condition. The graves that show the care they have had through the years are those of Sommervilles, Dewings, DeLongs and McMuns. [MicMinn]
Shortly after the death and burial of Joseph Sargent [May 1901], Aldridge began to think in terms of a cemetery of their own. Several locations were considered. None of them were available, for neither the coal company nor Ed Wright wanted it on their ground. Finally the Forest Service gave a plot at the edge of their land, just next to the fence of Ed Wright's ranch.
Although there was never an entry to the effect in the county records, there are those who remember when their schoolmate, Beatrice Orr, became the first to be carried down around the lake to the new burial plot. Anyone now reviewing the history still shown in the Aldridge Cemetery would feel that there was an epidemic killing of children. More of the graves there are those of the young, for older people sometimes had strings that drew them to other burial grounds. Sometimes there were several children of a family who died from one disease, as was the case with the Fluckards. Although there are no county records to verify, it is said that two girls died within a short time.
When Eugene Confarr came to Aldridge with his camera in June 1902, the new cemetery was one of the show places and picture subjects of the town. At one time there were few fancy headstones and attractive fences. Only a few tombstones now rise above the sagebrush – those of Anton Planishek, Joseph Versnik, Pete Pestono, Miho, Grgich. In that spot which was once the village pride can be found the rotting headboards which marked the spot where a loved one was placed. But inscriptions have dimmed as has the thought of sadness represented.