Historic Orthodox Jewish Cemetery in Lakewood, CO
Golden Hill Cemetery was established over 100 years ago on West Colfax Avenue. The Orthodox Jewish cemetery in Lakewood, CO, is a landmark that persists as a powerful reminder of life at the turn of the century. We welcome visitors to tour the grounds and explore this evidence of an all but lost era. Our office hours are from 8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. Please call if you would like to learn more about this significant place and to schedule a visit.
The upkeep of our historic site depends entirely on the generosity of our visitors and supporters. We appreciate any donation for cemetery maintenance that you can make. If you choose to donate, please complete the Donor Acknowledgment Letter for tax purposes.
Experience an Important Feature of Our Heritage
Visit an important chapter of our nation’s story by touring our historic cemetery. The Orthodox Jewish community settled in the Lakewood area during the Gold Rush, and these newcomers opened two local sanatoria to treat Jewish tuberculosis patients. In those days, “the white death,” as TB was known, was one of the most urgent public health crises. Members of the Jewish community came to Lakewood from overcrowded coastal cities to seek treatment at one of these two local sanatoria. The cemetery was established in 1908 as a resting place for patients who succumbed to the tuberculosis epidemic.
The opening of the cemetery was a response to the growing need to have a final resting place for people of the Jewish faith. As the years went by, the people interred here came to include veterans of World War I and refugees from Hitler’s regime as it came to dominate European politics. Today, visitors come to the cemetery to experience this legacy of our past, and to piece together a portion of American history. Since 1995, the cemetery has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its historical and cultural significance.
This historic cemetery is the final resting place for hundreds of people. Although only a couple hundred tombstones survive today, Colorado historians estimate that as many as 800 people are interred here.
Contribute to Our Historic Preservation Efforts
Our historic cemetery is maintained entirely by donations. We encourage visitors to explore the grounds and gain a sense of how people paid their respects during the early 20th century. You will see rows of tombstones from the past, and develop an understanding of the impact disease had on the people at the time.
We encourage all visitors to donate to our preservation efforts. The care and maintenance of Golden Hill is managed by the groundskeeper, Lee Rossow. Your contributions will ensure the grounds are trimmed and maintained so that future visitors may visit the plots and get in touch with the past. All contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you for your interest and your generosity. The lessons of the past are a crucial part of our common heritage. We owe it to those who came before us to honor their memory and to preserve what remains of them and their story.
Contact us for more information on our historic cemetery. Golden Hill Cemetery is located in Lakewood, Colorado.