Edward Dorris, a stagecoach driver, died of a sunstroke or a heart attack enroute to Bent's Old Fort, a Barlow and Sanderson stagecoach station in the 1860's. Like others who had gone before him, the hardship of life on the Santa Fe Trail
ended here at Bent's Fort
. Of the 13 graves located in this cemetery, twelve are covered with adobe bricks while Dorris' grave is covered with limestone and marked. This may be the cemetery described by visitors to Bent's Fort in the 1840's.
"In the evening another Missouri volunteer died, and was buried. They were obligeed to cover the graves with prickly pear, or cocks to prevent the wolves from tearing the bodies out of the ground ..." Lieutenant Albert, US Army of the West, 1847.
The cemetery has never been completely excavated.