Villages of The Forgotten Dead

RDP Monday: CRUMBLE

Graves that are crumbling and falling into ruin seem to be more lively then the often visited and well maintained ones – which is funny when you think about it,

anita

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Bear Creek Cemetery/Turner Cemetery
Washington state.

Photot A.M. Moscoso
Bear Creek Cemetery
Washington State

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Comet Lodge Cemetery
Seattle, WA

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Saint Louis Cemetery Number One

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Saint Louis Cemetery Number One

“Over all was that air of abandonment and decay which seems nowhere so fit and significant as in a village of the forgotten dead.”
― Ambrose Bierce, The Death of Halpin Frayser

One Line

It’s one liner Wednesday- to bad it’s Thursday. Oh well, better late then never- and speaking of “late’ I chose a quote about cemeteries and a couple of pictures that I took to go along with it.

The first was taken at a cemetery in Puyallup, Washington and the second was taken at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home and Cemetery  in Seattle, Washington.

Anita

Photo: A.M. Moscoso

“Breathing seemed harder in the cemetery and selfish somehow…” – Sheri Webber

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Who Said It Better?

In an effort to make sure that his grave was not disturbed, it is said that Shakespeare penned his own epitaph and it reads as follows:

Shakespeare’s Grave
Stratford-upon-Avon

“Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.”

Scary stuff- and I’m not sure if it worked but it may have. Curses are pretty convincing to a large segment of the population.

On the other hand that are grave makers that aren’t as creepy or theatrical but will scare the heck out of you all the same- not that they’ve run people off but they really are the stuff of nightmares.

Here are two markers that can be found in Red Gate Woods, outside of Chicago Illinois and I’m good. I don’t need to visit these sites- but I have to admit.

I am curious

Photo A.M. Moscoso

“THE WORLD’S FIRST NUCLEAR REACTOR WAS REBUILT AT THIS SITE IN 1943 AFTER INITIAL OPERATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO THIS REACTOR (CP-2) AND THE FIRST HEAVY WATER MODERATED REACTOR (CP-3) WERE MAJOR FACILITIES AROUND WHICH DEVELOPED THE ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY THIS SITE WAS RELEASED BY THE LABORATORY IN 1956 AND THE U.S. ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION THEN BURIED THE REACTORS HERE.”

…and at Site M: 

“CAUTION-DO NOT DIG Buried in this area is radioactive material from nuclear research conducted here 1945-1949. Burial area is marked by six corner markers 100ft from this center point. There is no danger to visitors. U.S. Department of Energy 1978”

 

Cemetery Angels

RDP Tuesday: ANGEL

I suppose that Angels are comforting

to those in need

and they look boss on top of your Christmas Tree

But I like my angels cast in marble and stone

forever friends

to our sleeping bones.

The Recording Angel Waupun, Wisconsin:  Photograph by A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photograph: A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso