Monument to Prunes A Burro. (1991)
Monument to Prunes A Burro. (1991)

Monument to Prunes and Shorty the Burros

Field review by the editors.

Fairplay, Colorado

Died: 1930, 1951

Pet Cemetery.

Prunes and Shorty were beloved burros, studies in contrast in life as they now are in death.

Fairplay's memorial to Prunes is a self-supporting stucco wall, into which is cemented a brass plaque, charting Prunes' 60+ years of service to miner Rupe Sherwood, who stood beside the monument when it was unveiled on April 30, 1930. Also embedded in the wall is Prunes' collar, which is protected under glass. Sherwood cried at the dedication, and said, "Lord I hate to see him go. I would trust him ahead of any man."

Shorty's memorial is less ostentatious, a tiny pink marble tombstone on the courthouse lawn. Shorty was the town mooch (the exact opposite of industrious Prunes) but he was beloved all the same. In fact his dog pal Bum died of a broken heart after Shorty passed, and was interred alongside him.

June 2019: Recent photos show that the Prunes monument is severely weathered and the little burro and cart is gone, but it remains a town landmark mentioned on tours.

Also see: Mascots | Roadside Pet Cemetery

Monument to Prunes and Shorty the Burros

Front St., Fairplay, CO
The monument to Prunes is on the south side of Front St. between 5th and 6th Sts. The small monument to Shorty and Bum is on the northwest corner of Main St./Hwy 9 and 5th St.
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