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Batchelder Cemetery - Also known as Sams
San Miguel County, Colorado
West of Ridgway abt 13 mi. N of SH 62.
SE1/4 SE1/4 35 45N 10W
Located several miles west of the top of Dallas Divide. Abandoned house and livestock corrals are on north side of road. Dirt road to the north goes between house and corrals.
Cemetery lies on point west of house and corrals where small canyon joins Leopard Creek Canyon.
It is private property with no access. It was started in 1886 or 1887 when a mining partner of Sam Batchelder broke his neck in a mining accident. Batchelder buried him on land Batchelder had settled on and later owned.
This information gathered by Beverly Brown.
OTHER GRAVES IN LEOPARD CREEK AREA.
Grave located on private property in Leopard Creek area in Sams Community. No name or date.
The story: In the 1930's a freighter by the name of Ed Sullivan told of helping to bury this man, a victim of a gun shot wound. "Buried With His Boots On".
Grave located on Private property on Leopard Creek, San Miguel County. The grave of a 12 year old boy, name unknown.
The story: "In 1898, along Leopard Creek a 12 year old son of a family traveling was buried 1/8 mile beyond Batchelder House and across the creek about 100 feet, near an old fence." This story came from a letter from Will Watts, December 1982. Will was a 94 year old fellow who spent several years of his younger life in the Dallas, Hastings area.