From The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette of Dec. 24, 2005:
Unused cemetery plots are reclaimed by city
By ED SEALOVER - THE GAZETTE
Every year about this time, Will DeBoer goes into Evergreen and Fairview cemeteries and repossesses hundreds of grave sites.
It's not grave-robbing: He's not hauling out caskets or disrupting bodies.
What DeBoer, the manager of Colorado Springs' city-owned cemeteries, does is check the books at Evergreen and Fairview to find plots that have been inactive for 100 years.
If no descendant of the site's owner is found, the land goes back onto the cemeteries' books and is open for others to claim as their final resting place.
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