A Mo­ment in Time The Ghosts of Big Spring

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Ed­i­tor’s Note: The Her­itage Mu­seum will be fo­cus­ing on ghost sto­ries that have been told through­out Big Spring and Howard County un­til the end of Oc­to­ber. The mu­seum is one of the his­tor­i­cal ag­gre­gates in our com­mu­nity that en­sures the his­tory re­mains in tact for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

In 1881, ac­cord­ing to I.D. Ed­dins, the first six to be buried in Big Spring, was at­trib­uted to vi­o­lence. Per­haps, the shootouts, rowdy cow­boys and the 13 saloons that fos­tered th­ese bad boy be­hav­iors, con­trib­uted to those un­timely deaths. Ed­dins told John Hutto (Howard County in the Mak­ing) that the ceme­tery was lo­cated on the site of the South­ern Ice Co. After a small­pox plaque, en­tire fam­i­lies were buried in the

Cour­tesy pho­tos un­marked ceme­tery. This could not be a more un­suit­able lo­ca­tion for a ceme­tery as it flooded al­most every time it rained. The great flood of 1902 washed up sev­eral uniden­ti­fied coffins.

In July 1890, Nip and Tuck Sa­loon owner Ge­orge Bauer, do­nated land for the “New Mount Olive Ceme­tery.”

In 1893, W.G. Ten­nyson plat­ted an ad­di­tion to the orig­i­nal Big Spring Town­ship. Plans were un­der­way for roads and homes to be built. The Howard County Court or­dered on Septem­ber 22, 1894, “all per­sons who have rel­a­tives and friends buried in the old grave­yard im­me­di­ately north of the rail­road, re­move the re­mains of same.” Sev­eral fam­i­lies did com­ply how­ever, many were buried with­out fam­i­lies or any­one know­ing their iden­tity. It is th­ese peo­ple that re­mained buried as the town grew over them. In the 1930’s, some of the

Pic­tured above is the Ice Com­pany where a ceme­tery was claimed to have been be­fore the ice com­pany was built. Pic­tured at right: The tomb­stone for Ed­ward Richard­son

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