Town Cemetery

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Cemetery History

Elwell Cemetery

Following a United Brethren Church meeting September 28, 1902, seven acres of land north of the Elwell Store were purchased from J. B. Sloan for $20 an acre. The area was known as Elwell Cemetery.

A cemetery association, to care for the land, was formed with representatives from Johnstown, Milliken, Elwell, Great Western Sugar Factory, the Johnstown Home and Garden Club and Forget-Me-Not Garden Club. Trees were planted and water pipes and a pump were installed to pump water from the Home Supply Irrigation Ditch.


Named Johnstown Cemetery
Later, the Town of Johnstown established a Perpetual Care Plan to manage the cemetery with the town furnishing the labor. Grass was planted and the name was changed to the Johnstown Cemetery.

Location (north of Hwy 60 on CO Blvd.)


Cemetery Guidelines

No person in the cemetery shall:

  • Loiter upon the grounds
  • Be under the age of 15, unless accompanied by an adult or other proper caretaker
  • Drive an automobile or other vehicle in excess of 10 miles per hour or in excess of such lesser speed as is prudent under the existing conditions and circumstances
  • Except for authorized personnel with consent of the Public Works Director, drive or ride any automobile, motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, machine or animal on lots, grass or walks within the Cemetery
  • Except for authorized personnel with consent of the Public Works Director, drive any commercial truck or any other commercial vehicle within the Cemetery grounds
  • Discard trash, debris or other unsightly items, except in receptacles designated for such items
  • Direct or cause Town Employees to perform work without an order from the town manager or the Town Managers designee
  • Perform work on the grounds, except by permission of the Town Manager or the Town Manager's designee
  • Take any animal or permit any animal to be taken into the Cemetery except service animals
  • Deface, damage, destroy or injure any burial memorials or property in the Cemetery
  • Peddle flowers or plants or any other commodity
  • Except for authorized persons, make a change to the inscription on a burial memorial

Violation Penalty

  • Any person who violates or resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of Article VI of Chapter 11 of the Johnstown Municipal Code or these rules and regulations shall be guilty of a municipal violation and subject to the enforcement provisions of the Johnstown Municipal Code

For more information view the Municipal Code regarding Cemeteries.

Click to view Town code pertaining to Cemetery conduct

Town of Johnstown Cemetery Costs

Adult Grave Space (Resident)$1,600.00
Adult Grave Space (Non-Resident)$3,000.00
Cremains Grave Space (Resident)$850.00
Cremains Grave Space (Non-Resident)$1,500.00
Opening/Closing Grave$800.00
Opening/Closing Grave on Saturdays/Holidays$1,400.00
Opening/Closing Cremains$400.00
Opening/Closing Cremains on Saturdays/Holidays$800.00
Columbarium Niche (includes engraving and opening/closing) $1,500.00

Water Treatment Plant Construction FAQs

Why is there construction at the Cemetery?

The Town is working to upgrade and expand treatment capacity of the existing Water Treatment Plant to update aged infrastructure that has exceeded its useful life and address the service needs of the current and future population in Johnstown. The project’s design phase began in 2021, with actual plant improvements and construction beginning in 2024. Once complete, the project will decommission the nearly 60-year-old existing 6.2 mgd capacity filter treatment building with a new 12mgd membrane treatment facility that has the ability to expand as the Town needs. There will be a short period of construction in the cemetery in April of 2024 with the remainder of the construction being underway nearby. The cemetery does have an expansion planned but that is not taking place at this time.

How will this impact visits to the Cemetery?

We understand and appreciate the value that our cemetery has to our community. During the construction of the water treatment plant, you may hear construction noise, mainly Monday through Friday. The contractor, MWH, will be utilizing the field north of the cemetery for parking so you will also notice more traffic, foot and vehicles, inside the cemetery. 

I need to schedule a funeral or I will be attending one. What do I need to know?

The Town is working with all funerals scheduled to minimize impacts as much as possible during this time. The Town is offering the same opening/closing fee for Saturday funerals as we do for Monday-Friday burials. If you’d like to see if the cemetery can accommodate a weekend funeral, please reach out to the Town Clerk at 970-578-9600.  It is recommended that you work with your funeral home to provide a three-sided tent to dampen the noise level. The Town is offering use of a PA system for every funeral. 

Where can I learn more?

Please visit our Capital Improvements webpage to learn more about this exciting project for our community!
Questions about this project can be directed to Utilities Director Ellen Hilbig by phone 970-578-9619 or ehilbig@johnstownco.gov

I have concerns or want to bring an issue to your attention. Who do I call? 
The Town Clerk is happy to take all concerns and issues you may see at the cemetery. Please call 970-578-9600 or email Hannah Hill at hhill@johnstownco.gov

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Cemetery Remembrance Bricks

Cemetery Remembrance Bricks can be purchased from the Town Clerk's Office at anytime. Brick orders will be processed once a month, engraved, and then installed in the walkway at the cemetery close to the columbarium. 

Bricks are $85 and can be up to 3 lines of text, with 10 letters per line. The cost of the bricks include the brick, message carving, placement labor, and path maintenance. 

Submit the form on this page with all relevant information and a staff member with the Town Clerk's Office will reach out with payment information. 

Please note that the time between your request and when the brick is installed at the cemetery could be up to 8 weeks.

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