New Hope Church and Cemetery
North of Wetmore, Colorado just off County Road 295 on CR 19. A sign marks its location 1.6 miles north of Colorado Highway 96. (Photo 1898)
Built to serve the settlers of Hardscrabble Park, the New Hope Church was completed in 1873 and is the second oldest Baptist church in Colorado. The first church list consisted of 110 members, and Elder S. B. Chastine served as the first Pastor. Ira Porter donated the land, and the church was built by the congregation. The wood frame is assembled by mortised joints and wooden pegs. No nails were used in the construction. The floor joists are hand hewn lodge poles and pine logs with tongue and groove assembly. Square nails were used to attach the roof and siding. The pulpit and pews were handmade by the members. Vinyl siding was put on in the early 1980’s to help preserve the building.
Burials began at the New Hope Cemetery in 1870 and continue today. As of 2016 there are 605 known burials at the cemetery. Of those, 49 are Veterans who served in the Civil War, Mexican War, WWI, WWII, Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.
Photo from the archives of Peggy Breece Martin