As the headquarters of the Campbell County Cemetery District, Mt. Pisgah Cemetery is without a doubt the crown jewel of all 9 of the districts cemeteries. Located in the heart of Gillette, the 57 acre cemetery houses our office building, shelter and maintenance facilities. Situated on one of the highest points in Gillette, Wyoming. The cemetery is certainly one of the most beautiful spots in the city, filled with majestic trees that tower over the well-kept grounds. A peaceful and serene setting for a resting place, Mount Pisgah is beautiful throughout the changing seasons.
Mount Pisgah currently has over 5,600 burials. The earliest known monument is for Fanny Baugh who died in 1879 but she is not buried in the cemetery. The earliest known burial is for Phil Ward in 1891. Many of Gillette's early pioneers and noteworthy citizens can be found at Mount Pisgah.
There are over 700 veterans buried at Mount Pisgah, their graves are marked by the white crosses that can be seen throughout the cemetery. There is an American Legion section in the cemetery, Block D. The American Legion Post #42 conducts ceremonies on Memorial Day to honor our soldiers who have passed on in Mount Pisgah.
Many people have asked why the cemetery is named Mount Pisgah. It is a Biblical name. Some translators of the biblical book of Deuteronomy tranlate Pisgah as a name of a mountain, usually referring to Mount Nebo. The region is directly east of the Jordan River and just northeast of the Dead Sea. Mount Nebo is the highest among a handful of Pisgah summits; and cluster of hilltops on the western edge of the Trans-Jordanian Plateau.
In the Bible, God commanded Moses to climb up and view the Promised Land from Mount Nebo: "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho". (Deuteronomy 34:1).
Pisgah in Hebrew refers to a "high place" like th etop of a mountain or to a cleft. In translation, pisgah lost its meaning and became a mountain's proper name insted of being a term describing a "high place' or "ridge". Thus the term refers to a geographic region; a collection of mountain summits.