A sad discovery during vacation


By Matt Swearengin - mswearengin@civitasmedia.com



This is the grave of Joe Arridy at Greenwood Cemetery in Cañon City, Colorado. There is a picture of him on the gravestone that shows him playing with a toy train in prison before he was executed in 1939. His grave marker is decorated with toy train cars. Also shown is the copy of the letter of pardon from then-Colorado Governor Bill Ritter in 2011.


You never know what you will find when going “off the beaten path” on vacation. While visiting the prison museum last month in Cañon City, Colorado, I learned about the Greenwood Cemetery, where there are inmate graves from the Colorado State Penitentiary. I have an interest in visiting and taking pictures of historic cemeteries, so
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