The cemetery is at the location of the old Blanca Mining Camp, near the mouth of North Arasta Gulch. In 1895 the camp was thriving and was over one mile square. By 1896 it was deserted.
The name Bad Booze Cemetery comes from this history:
In 1895 Jim Bowerman was sent to Hooper for 5 gallons of grain alcohol for a celebration. He asked the druggist for "good alcohol", but the druggist misunderstood him and gave him wood alcohol. Most of the men in the camp did not like the taste, but Jim and Jack Reimer both died from it. The third grave is believed to be the local post master.
A relative of Jim Bowerman replaced the small wooden crosses with new memorials. The three graves are now in a campground near the entrance to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Ask for permission before visiting it.
GPS Coordinates: 37.6898, -105.5429
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #57595
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