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Bike path renews interest in Vt. prison cemetery

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The opening of a bike path in Rutland, Vt., has rekindled interest in a long-neglected prison cemetery that's near the path.

Vermont Public Radio reports local schools have provided volunteers to help clean up the overgrowth. Students at Stafford Technical Center have created a formal marker that lists the names of those buried at the cemetery behind Rutland's prison, near Otter Creek.

A ceremony to install the new marker is being held Wednesday.

Tom Giffin, Rutland City's cemetery commissioner and president of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association, says the prison cemetery was used from the late 1800s through the early 1900s and contains at least a dozen graves, though only 11 stone markers remain. One belongs to someone named Rufus, a prolific horse thief.

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