The Echoes of the Past Cemetery Tours are night-time, lantern-led tours at Buffalo’s Willow Grove Cemetery. The tours occur in mid-August and cost $25/person. Who doesn’t want to hang out at the cemetery at night, while volunteers dress as one of the residents and perform a first-person oral narrative? Past spirits have included:
Oscar “Jack” and Maria Flagg:
Charlie and Ida Hall:
Emma Hedlund Dowlin:
Frank Canton: Notorious outlaw and lawman, Canton played a pivot role in Johnson County history
Sylvia Jenkins: Sylvia and her husband, M.D., built a homestead during the early teens while raising a family
Eva Leis: Eva’s life story was built around the principles of love and integrity. Her family, freedom, and religion were her world.
Margaret Smith Bowman: With a passion for learning and strong business acumen she played a distinctive role in Johnson County.
Irene Voiles Smith: A nurse in the midst of WWII, Irene became pivotal to the civic development of Buffalo.
John Winchester: A fortune of land and money, with whispers of murder and hidden silver.
Andrew “Arapaho” Brown: A well-known character around Buffalo who was murdered in 1901.
“Hard Winter” Davis: Johnson County pioneer rancher and Cattle War Invader.
Nettie Wright: Buffalo’s foremost madam during the territory years.
Joe LeFors: Frontier lawman best known for arresting Tom Horn.
“Red” Angus: Sheriff during the Johnson County Cattle War.
Nate Champion: Cowboy and suspected rustler who played an important role in the Johnson County Cattle War.
F.G. S. Hesse and Isabella Hesse: Prominent cattle and sheep rancher who was an Invader.
Elizabeth Greub: She is a member of one of the oldest pioneer families in Johnson County.
Verna Keays Keyes: Buffalo native and designer of the Wyoming state flag.
John “Posey” Ryan: A Civil War veteran, rancher, and convicted murderer who was well-respected in Wyoming.
Charles Buell and Jennie Buell: Early pioneers of Buffalo and who built and ran the Occidental Hotel until they retired in 1886.
Anonymous Cowboy: An archetype who shares the cowboy history of the West.
“Crazy Woman”: Have you ever wondered why there are a lot of Crazy Woman names in Johnson County?
Gertrude Gagnon: The lone female who died from morphine overdose that is buried in Buffalo’s Potter’s Field.
Vivienne Hesse: “Fortune’s Favorite Child” was a spunky, well-traveled, accomplished horse rider from a pioneering family.
Grace Irigaray: Basque immigrant who achieved her dream of running a sheep ranch in Johnson County with her husband.
Marie Urrizaga Cubialde: Basque immigrant remembered for her big heart and strong work ethic who settled in Johnson County.
Katherine Dillinger: She lived at Fort McKinney before marrying and running the New York Store with her husband.
Delilah Sonnesberger: A doctor and prominent business woman who was the first woman to vote in Johnson County.
“Woman of the Plains”: An archetype who shares the roles of woman in the West.
Sam Stringer: Freighter who knew many of the characters that made up Wyoming and the Wild West.
Gertrude Horton: A respectable woman who helped her husband manage the HF Bar Guest Ranch.
Frank Horton: Wyoming state senator, representative, and rancher who bought and managed the HF Bar Guest Ranch.
Henrietta Horton: 2nd wife of Frank Horton who was a reporter before managing the HF Bar Ranch after her husband’s death.
Elizabeth Harrington: Well-respected wife and grandmother who never let tragedy get her down.
Gordon Meldrum: A doctor who founded Paradise Guest Ranch before dying young of appendicitis.
Mabel Meldrum: A gentile lady who ran Paradise Guest Ranch for over 20 years after her husband died.
Anonymous Miner: An archetype who shares the history of mining in Johnson County.
Ruth Holland Cook: Born to a Johnson County pioneer family and marrying into another, she was known for her zest of life.
Martin Urruty: A Basque immigrant who overcame many obstacles to own a sheep ranch in Johnson County.
Anonymous Mountain Man: An archetype who shares the history of mountain men in the Wyoming territory.
Christian Hepp: A Bavarian immigrant who became one of the first settlers in the Piney Valley region.
Louise Richter: A respected rancher who ran her family’s ranch after her father’s death when she was fourteen.
Margaret Thom: She married a sheepherder turned banker of a Buffalo bank whose descendants still work there today.
Sophia Rothwell: She married a rancher and businessman whose family helped develop Buffalo and Johnson County.
Dr. John Howard Lott: The doctor served at Fort McKinney before setting up practice in Buffalo.
Ella Bryant French Lott: A twice-widower who married Dr. Lott and ran the Mansion House after her husband’s death.
Martin Tisdale: A rancher who is considered one of Johnson County’s best sheriffs.
John Tisdale: A rancher and father of two who was murdered in the events leading up to the Johnson County Cattle War.
Jim Gatchell: A historian, pharmacist, and veterinarian whose collection began the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.
“Mourning Mother”: An archetype who shares about the obstacles children had in the early days of the West.
Leslie Snow: Lawman who played a role in Tom Horn’s arrest and later in the oil fields of Midwest.
Fritz Strickert: Prussian immigrant turned soldier who served in General Crook’s campaign of 1876.
Helena Sayles: An Irish immigrant who married one of the earliest pioneers in Buffalo.
The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum requires pre-payment for attendance to the cemetery tours due to their popularity. All proceeds go to museum educational programs. Everybody at the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum would like to thank the volunteer lantern holders, the Johnson County Cemetery District, and sextant Richard Staley for their support.