When you enter the gates of the Carlsbad Cemetery, head directly to the older section of the graveyard. There is something about the trees and park like setting that draws one to a place back in time when a person’s status was amplified by the ambiance of their final resting place.
The Carlsbad Cemetery main entrance is located on Boyd Drive with an additional entrance off Juarez Street. The City of Carlsbad has kept the records of interments since the 1940’s. Before then, the local funeral homes maintained their own records.
The oldest section of the cemetery belonged to the Odd Fellows when the town was still known as Eddy in the late 1880’s. The oldest known grave in the cemetery is dated 1889 and belongs to an Odd Fellows member. This cemetery land was later donated to the town of Carlsbad.
A survivor of the ill-fated Titanic is buried in the Carlsbad Cemetery. Laura Crib Buzzell passed away in 1974 and is interred in the Odd Fellows section beside her late husband. Her gravesite has endured floods of Carlsbad as well.
Another noted resident of the cemetery is actor Bruce Cabot. He was born in Carlsbad in 1904 and known best for playing the leading man in the cult classic horror film, “King Kong”(1933). Cabot died in May 1972 and is buried in Division A Block 48 Space 5.
Is the old cemetery that has survived time and the terrible floods a place to be after the sun sets? This writer asked a Carlsbad police officer what he thought of the old cemetery after dark. He chuckled as he remembered a time he was driving by the cemetery late at night and happened to notice the gates were wide open and saw litter spewed nearby. Thinking someone had broken in and still lurking about the cemetery, he called for a backup. Together they patrolled the narrow cemetery roads seeking the intruder. At one point they got out of the vehicles and began to search on foot.
He reported it was a chilly evening and the temperature was brisk. As he entered a section of the old cemetery he felt like the residents of the cemetery were watching them secure the grounds. The air became very heavy and the temperature became quite warm—but only in a little pocket of evening mist. This made him very uneasy so he quickly made his way back to the patrol car. He later learned someone had forgotten to lock the gates that night. He said he would never forget the feeling of dread and the awful odor he experience in the warm pocket of air on the crisp autumn night!
1506 Boyd Drive
Carlsbad, NM 88220