Cedarvale Cemetery is on the National Historic Register. The first graves were dug around 1880. The Knights of Pythias acquired the property about 1892. Lots were sold, and the cemetery contains the graves of many important people in the development of New Mexico, including the recently discovered grave of Deputy Sheriff James Bell, killed by Billy the Kid when he made his famous escape from the Lincoln County Courthouse, W. C. McDonald, the first governor after statehood, Susan McSween Barber, Paul Mayer and Dave Jackson. In the southwest part of the cemetery you will find the grave of John V. Winters, who was one of the discoverers of the "Mother Lode" of gold in 1879. His grave is in a north-south direction rather than the traditional east-west direction. Why? Thinking ahead he had requested this so that he could be overlooking his strike in perpetuity.
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