Bouma/Briggs Grave

Date Photographed: 13 September 2000
Number of Burials: 1
Volunteer: Linda Vixie
Special Thanks: Bev Millett, Star Ranch, Youth With a Mission

This solitary broken marker is located on Star Ranch, a private camp operated by Youth With a Mission. It's located at 5250 Star Ranch Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. To reach the camp from Colorado Springs, drive south on Highway 115 (Nevada Blvd.); turn right at Broadmoor Bluffs Drive, right onto Farthing Drive, left onto Langdale Way, right at the small sign for Star Ranch, and follow the gravel road to the ranch. The marker is south of the dining hall lying in a ring of stones between a pine tree and a stone shed. According to GPS-derived geolocation (accurate to within 10 meters), the grave's coordinates are 3845'21.5"N and 10450'16.0"W. The elaborately carved marker face has two unusual clumps of concrete attached. No Bouma or S. Briggs families were found in the 1870 Colorado census. The inscription reads:

MARTHA A.
DAUGHTER OF
_.G. & IDA BOUMA,
the addopted dau. of
S. & Phebe BRIGGS,
DIED
Oct. 1, 1872
Aged 7 years.
She being dead, yet speaketh.

2010 Update: Star Ranch has been sold and is being developed as a gated community. A spokesperson for the developer said the tombstone and stone shed are in an area that will not be developed. They will be protected.