Virginia City, Nevada – A most magical afternoon

This is the wild west, cowboy country.

Several years ago, sheer luck led me to the mountains of Nevada on a gorgeous, clear afternoon. Serendipity and a rental car brought me to Virginia City, its fabulous cowboy cemetery, and the most magical hour I’ve ever spent wandering among tombstones. There was a full solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse projected on tomstone

Have you ever seen a solar eclipse? You can only look at them through special lenses or watch their shadows through a pinhole projector. In the cemetery that day, nature’s pinhole projectors, the leaves on the trees above the graves, cast these eclipse shadows.

Eclipse shadows

Even before I realized that this rare cosmic event was happening, the Virginia City cemetery took my breath away. Spring in the mountains was just so gorgeous!

Flowering bush

Best tombstone tourist experience ever!

Virginia City, Nevada

 

Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN

Dark Angel

Lakewood Cemetery on a cold, windy day, spitting rain. Despite everything, heavenly!

Girl under glass

Have you ever been here? This is one of those cemeteries so packed with beauties that even with a full-color, self-guided tour brochure there’s no way to see everything in one visit.

Madonna and Child

The staff in the reception building (with restrooms!), was incredibly helpful and organized. They printed out section maps so I could find specific grave sites.  Awesome!

Her face

The blustery weather definitely set a melancholy tone for the day, so next time I visit, I’ll make it in the summer and I’ll bring a picnic lunch. Trees and tombstones

Children and Angels in Bellefontaine, Florissant, Missouri

Bellefontaine Cemetery is just north of St. Louis in Florissant. Missouri and totally worth a side trip if you’re headed that way.

Bellfontaine, Florissant, MO (21)

Bellfontaine, Florissant, MO (22)

In a previous post, I focused on statues of women in mourning at Bellefontaine. Just gorgeous.

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Bellfontaine, Florissant, MO (25)

Can you imagine visiting these two memorials when they were new and even more lifelike?  I’ll come back to Bellefontaine. There are some spectacular buildings here too.

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Park City, Utah Buried at the Base

This couple immortalized their love of skiing.

This marker says it all, doesn’t it?  Loved skiing. Loved each other.

Park City, Utah is a ski town and an art town. It shows in their cemetery.

Snowboarder and tile artist

Snowboarder and tile artist

This artist died on his snowboard. Can you feel how much his friends loved him?

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains.

A quiet spot in the middle of town

An easy walk gets you out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Park City. I wonder how many film stars and fans attending the Sundance Festival find their way here for a quiet moment.

Etching on old stone

 

Rural Missouri Cemetery Gateways

These big welcoming gateways are a familiar sight in rural Midwest.

These big welcoming gateways are a familiar sight in the rural Midwest.

 

Cemeteries plopped right down on the side of the road or in the middle of a cow pasture need eye-catching signs to attract visitors.

This is a pretty one near Rolla, Missouri

This is a pretty one near Rolla, Missouri

I wonder if there’s a cemetery gateway company that does all of these. Or used to anyway. I’ve never seen one that looked brand new.

Perrin Cemetery, Missouri

Perrin Cemetery, Missouri

I don’t think they’re just a Missouri thing. Has anybody seen them in other parts of the country?

Fairview Cemetery near St. Joseph, Missouri

Fairview Cemetery near St. Joseph, Missouri