Friday, December 02, 2005

Friday Cemetery Blogging

Last Friday Jackson and I took a road trip. We headed down south via some country backroads. One of the roads was being demolished and rebuilt, so we had to make a detour. On our detour we came to this intersection:

The roads meet (1 dirt road and two paved ones) at this field:

This little cemetery is way, way, way out in the middle of nowhere. This photo is covers pretty much the entire site. There is nothing for miles in any direction, except for these few stones.

Most of the stones were handmade and most of the graves dated from the 1930's. (Anchient history in this part of the country!)

There are a few newer graves and a few professional headstones. There are also some new headstones that are marking graves with previously handmade stones. Some of the handmade stones show evidence that someone has redone the lettering to make it legible again. The cemetery itself is recently mowed and seems to be taken care of.

This is marks a grave of one of the slightly more recent burials:

Do you think she got an answer when she called?


Lace Wells said...

That is what we will put on your headstone...Minerva Baker...So, is your new name Mrs. Claus???

allison said...

Called back? I'm not even sure what that means?! How funny...still love these stones. Thanks.

cheesehead said...

I love that she was Called Back home.


Now I have to decide between that and "She Never Paid Retail".

Christmas Lights in June, Texas said...

That one was funny!!! Do you think she got an answer??? lol, you crack me up Rach!

Running2Ks said...

That is a really neat place. And I loved that!

annie said...

Here I was, thinking how she was called home, what a neat sentiment, short and to the point...and then your wise-crack cracked me up.

annie said...

Wait --- "Slightly more recent burials"? She was buried in 1944. Do you mean hers was one of the newest graves out there? 1944?

SpookyRach said...

Revmom - you made me spew coke on the monitor! (And by "coke" of course I mean Diet Dr. Pepper.)

Annie - Yes, hers is one of the newest. Here's what I think the situation is: There was one new gravestone that does not yet have a date of death. The lady it is for would be in her 80's now. She has the same last name as two children who were also buried there in the 40's. Her gravesite is right next to theirs. I think this woman has decided to be buried here next to her children and I'm guessing her family are the people who are doing the recent caretaking for the cememtery. Which is kind of cool.

Patti said...

I'm trying to imagine a place that's so lonely and flat. Lonely places where I live are either full of trees or bodies of water. How cool it must be in Texas.

There are lots of tiny cemetaries around here that seem to be in people's yards, but in reality are squeezed between privately owned properies. Maybe this summer I'll do a Spookyrach Tribute tour and take some pictures. As of now, everything is buried in snow.

Headless-in-GR said...

At first I thought it said "Call Back" and was like...ewww!!!

No Thanks!

And Yay for Coke = Diet Dr. Pepper!!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I love it. *Called Back* Like finally you were missed so much that God just had to have you.

And Patti...I love that idea. Ask Rach about the time we found the little tomb stones smak dab between two highways.

Coke=cherry lime diet coke....never Pepsi

Mary Beth said...

Oh, dear. MY headstone will say, "NEVER called back! (dadgummit!)"

I just hate to return phone calls. Just HATE it. And goodie, goodie, now I have voice mail in my new office. A whole 'nother set of calls to return.

My New Year's resolution is going to have to be to return all calls immediately, as I would want others to return all calls unto ME!

Headless-in-GR said...



OH and hey, I'm the 15,000 visitor to this site. Yay!!!

(Do I win a doorprize or something?)

SpookyRach said...

Yeah, probably a free one-year subscription or something.

Hee hee!

little david said...

So, Rachel, are you like a cemetary magnet or something? I mean, you take a detour and, voilá, there's a tiny cemetary waiting for you to play detective. I'm sort of a needs-to-be-filed papers magnet myself.

see-through faith said...

thanks for ALL your messages. You are quite right God's been busy in my life while you've been off line

but now time for me to go to sleep


Captainwow said...

Coke as in Dr. Pepper? whew. so, not the white powdery stuff. Cause that would be a really expensive spew.
ok so no I didn't really think that. but it sounds funny when I think of it now...
or not.