Sunday, March 15, 2009
Cemeteries reveal much!
In the Lincoln Cemetery (K-18 and E. Lincoln) you'll find the final resting place for a traveling salesman. It sets on a Dakota sandstone base. The epitaph reads "Here is where he stopped last."
This suitcase is located on the east end of the north driveway within the cemetery. Take the drive just north of the Drummer Boy (below) marker and turn east. It's the last gravestone on the end by the fence.
Can you see the drummer boy carrying a flag etched into the stone on the upper left? This Civil War drummer boy is found just in front of the post-rock mausoleum.
We can learn so much about an area in the local cemetery. Clues tell about the person, their wealth, their demise, and the times. Exploring cemeteries can, indeed, provide a real awakening.
This is the Mitch Runnels gravestone in the Valley View Cemetery (N. 3rd) in Garden City. You'll see a deteriorating upright stone topped with a rusted auto engine. I don't know if the goggles are still hanging off to one side or not. Runnels died in 1927 when his car crashed into a train. One theory is that Runnels and his car were inseparable so the family put the engine on the gravestone. Another theory is that the unique grave marker was created to remind young people to drive carefully.
Exploring cemeteries will help you "Get Kansas!"
KE #2 Marci Penner