Cemeteries

Quick Road Trip

Light in the darkness  (1 of 1)

Saturday was a busier day than I planned on it being.  I met a bride and then headed off with my friend on a brief road trip (across the state).  

Light in the darkness  (1 of 1)-3

We went and visited some of my cousins and then we had a little time to kill.  So we stopped at Pine Creek Lake and I took some photos and the child had time to play.  

Pine Creek Lake (1 of 1)

I had the beginnings of what I thought was a headache and I was wrong.  It was a toothache, which progressively got worse as the day went on, but wasn't that bad before I got home. 

Pine Creek Lake (1 of 1)-2

She enjoyed herself. 

Cemetery  (1 of 1)-2

We stopped at a couple of cemeteries on the way out.   These are always interesting because they are near where most of my family is from.   It is interesting having a friend whose family is from the same area that all of my relatives and ancestors are from.  She's probably my long lost Chahta cousin.  

Cemetery  (1 of 1)

We didn't stay long at this cemetery the rednecks nearby were shooting, it was nearly dark and we witnessed an owl.   Gunshots and owls together, I don't think are good omens.  

Night  (1 of 1)

By the time I was almost home I had to stop and photograph the Milky Way.  It was beautiful.  This was between Davis and Velma.  


Boggy Depot Cemetery- 2015

We were running early on our trip to Atoka on Saturday so I had my husband pull into Boggy Depot so we could stop at the cemetery.   I now think it's worthwhile to revisit places that I have posted about before because I can look at how my photography has evolved over the years.  In June of 2010 I visited Boggy Depot Cemetery for the first time. I did come home with some of the same shots of the same stones, so what caught my eye then, still catches my eye about this very old place that was once Indian Territory. 

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1139

But I can share a new perspective tonight.  

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1145

I love the trees over this cemetery.  

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1146

I apparently was interested in the final resting place of C.W. Flint who was born in 1812 during my last visit too.

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1148

My husband joined me in taking in the names of these people who left our earthly realm so long ago.  It is good to read the names of people who are gone.  Just reading their name seems to bring peace that perhaps someday our names will be read in a cemetery and we will be remembered.  

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1152
The trees tower far above the largest worn headstone.  

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1156
Names hand scratched into stone.  What we don't think about is these historic cemeteries were probably also once filled with wooden crosses or other types of markers for those who couldn't afford the luxury of a name engraved in stone.  

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1164

I don't think people who haven't spent time walking these old, abandoned, cemeteries realize how so many of the graves are those of beloved children and infants.  In this age of antibiotics I see the heartache and confusion in the news when a child passes away from strep throat or the flu. The measles outbreak is a wake up call for the importance of vaccination.   If parents spent time wandering old cemeteries they would see that they aren't filled with the elderly, they are filled with children.   Sad, little lambs gracing the grief of a hundred years ago.  

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1166

When I posted the photo of these old graves a friend who lives in New York State mentioned how the stones were younger than her early 19th century home.  It is fascinating in how your region affects your perception of age.   

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1191

Boggy Depot was a very busy town in Indian Territory.   Boggy Depot  was a town in between Ft Smith, Arkansas and Fort Washita which was closer to Madill and Tishomingo.   During the Civil War it was a Confederate Supply Depot, which my Great Great Uncle was stationed at briefly.   

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1193
Broken stones dot this historical cemetery.  

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1208

It is humbling as a human being to realize that someday this will be us.   

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1209

The items of trade that came to Indian Territory were the stones and items like this fencing, this was before the time of the railroads.   

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1196

The tribes saved Boggy Depot park a few years ago.  I think tribal sovereignty is a wonderful thing that allowed this historic place to be taken from the state and placed into trust in the hands of the Chickasaw Nation.   

Visiting Boggy Depot Oklahoma -1184

I found this interesting blog talking about experiencing a bit of the supernatural here at Boggy Depot Cemetery.  Which I don't usually "sense" anything in a cemetery, if anything cemeteries are extremely peaceful places.  The forgotten ones make me sad, but only because the people whose bodies are forever at rest there - have been forgotten by their loved ones or their entire families are gone now.  

Visiting Boggy Depot Cemetery Oklahoma -1162

Oh here is a Bigfoot story!    Which is funny we were out driving around to do some night photography and this large black animal (clearly furry) darted across the road.  I'm saying it was just a stray dog on the loose - but it seemed huge.   

Boggy Depot at Atoka Oklahoma-1170

One more of the impressive trees that loom over this antiquated cemetery.   


Doaksville

According to Oklahoma Place Names Doaksville was "An important early-day settlement in Choctaw County, adjoining Fort Towson post office operated under the name Doaksville from November 11, 1847 to June 12, 1903.  Named for Josiah Doak, prominent early-day resident" (Shirk, 71).  

Doaksville trail head-7142
I went looking for Ft. Towson Cemetery. I did not realize that Doaksville was "hiding" right behind it.   This is one of the most interesting places that I've visited in Oklahoma, in the couple of years that I've been working on my page.   I certainly did not expect to find another archaeological park, filled with ruins of a 19th century  Choctaw settlement.  

Ft Towson Cemetery to Doaksville-7166
My Daughter, who was the reluctant traveler on my journey that day.  Was not pleased to be taken on a quest to run around south eastern Oklahoma.  She would have been pleased to be home with her laptop and wifi.  But, when we found this cemetery and read the historical marker that you could access this place hidden behind the cemetery only by climbing the wall; she was in for the adventure.   She immediately found the way to old Doaksville through the back of the cemetery.  

Doaksville-7199
One of the reasons I created this page was as an Oklahoma History teacher I realized that I didn't quite have the awareness of Oklahoma and its places to be comfortable teaching it.  The text book I taught out of was just boring and couldn't hold my attention, how could I be expected to be an effective teacher without knowing Oklahoma.  So  I decided to learn it.   I quit teaching, but I'm still learning.   

Doaksville Choctaw Nation-7167
In 1831, according to Angie Debo in The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic, it was estimated that the population of the Choctaw Nation in Mississippi was 19,554 (Debo, 69).   Rougly 18,000 emigrated during the trail of tears but the number does not recognize the amount of deaths on the walks.   By 1843 the population was estimated to be at 12,000, ion case you were wondering why it was called the "Trail of Tears." (70).  Not only did the Choctaws sign the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in which they were ceded all of this land (don't forget the land that they were given were already occupied by other people -  the Kiowas- The Comanches- squatters who'd moved in already)  -  they were almost immediately expected to give up a portion of the land to the closely related tribe of the Chickasaws.  

Choctaw Cession to Indian Territory-7173
The Choctaws signed the Treaty of Doaksville in 1837, which the Choctaws were paid a half a million dollars to cede half of their recently gained territory to the Chickasaw tribe.  Who also suffered horribly during their own forced removal.   

Doaksville Indian Territory-7192
I did not know this:  "The Choctaw capital was changed back and forth several times from Nainih Waya to Doaksville, Skullyville, Fort Towson, and Boggy Depot" (Debo 76).  Doaksville located a mile from Ft. Towson was the largest town in the Choctaw Nation in its early history, by 1832 it had a post office.  By 1850 it was the Capitol of the Choctaw Nation.

Well at Doaksville -7205
Oklahoma History - Doaksville  

Doaksville Hotel Ruins in the Choctaw Nation-7189
On January 11, 1860 the Choctaw Constitution was adobpted at Doaksville (Debo 151).   

Doaksville Ruins-7212
Doaksville is also written about here: Digital Library at OSU- Doaksville

Doaksville Ruins-7195
Some of the ruins you can see if you venture down to Doaksville. 

Old bricks in the ruins of Doaksville Indian Territory-7223
Bricks in the ruins of Doaksville. 

Ruins of old Doaksville Jail-7230
It seems telling to me that the Government of the State of Oklahoma, chose to build a huge visitors center by the ruins of the old Fort Towson, yet this great addition to our state's tribal history is hidden behind a cemetery wall. In some ways I believe this is better than having it be trampled through.  In another sense I feel like tribal history is not told while the military history is glorified.  

Grave at Ft.Towson Cemetery-7250
A couple more shots from the cemetery before I go. 

Grave at Ft.Towson Cemetery-7248
Sipokni is the Choctaw word for Old... 

Grave at Ft.Towson Cemetery-7247
We come here to see the forgotten ones.   Our loved ones we never knew.  Where we came from.  


Ft Towson Cemetery (Old Doaksville)

A few weeks ago I was on a quest, actually it was a totally unplanned quest- but it happened. I was halfway across the state when an appointment got canceled and decided to explore. I decided to go exploring without a map.  How on earth did I get in my car and not have an Oklahoma map in it?   I had a map of DFW metro area, Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska, but no Oklahoma map.  Which is crazy, afterall this page is "Expedition Oklahoma."  Yes, I have maps on my phone but those are only for specific navigational instructions and they often get me turned around in the wrong direction.  That is why you have the very brief "Swink" posting- I was going in the opposite direction. It doesn't help that the maps on the iPhone are horrible.   

Ft. Towson Cemetery -7146
Why did I go to a cemetery?  Well this cemetery is of particular importance because it is where my Great-Grandfather Willie Willis is buried in an unmarked grave. It was once marked with Indian Pottery.  He died as a young man in 1904, before my Grandfather was born in 1905.   He was a full blood Choctaw and we only have one image of him.   I look into his face to see something of myself. I wonder what kind of personality he had.  We know he liked to play baseball.  We know he had family who owned their own general stores.   We know he was a very young man when he was struck and killed while expecting a new child who he would never meet.  He was born in 1878.  He died in Antlers, Indian Territory. His father was Marcus and his Grandfather was "Ste-Me-Liche-Be" according the the data that the family has.  They lived in Alikchi. Willie Died August 15, 1904.  Sam (my Grandfather) was born January 11, 1905. 

Great Grandpa Willie Willis

This is from a letter my Step-Grandfather wrote to my Mother about the family history: Willie's (pictured above) Mother died in 1882 (when he was four - how heartbreaking), a couple took him and his brother to Paris Texas to raise him.  After his father died he came back to take over the store he had owned with his brother.  He sold his interest and moved to Ringgold with his wife Gracie.  My Mom has compiled copies of all of the historical documents of her Grandfather for me. 

I don't know where he is buried in this cemetery.  My daughter (who is also named Grace) immediately went to a section of people with the surname of Willis (which seems common in Choctaw country).  

Willis at Doaksville-7154
It is strange when you have a surname which you know isn't the correct  name historically.  When you know your name was handed out by someone at an agency.   

William T. Willis  old Doaksville Cemetery-7152
I didn't take a lot of time in the cemetery.  We did not realize that you could get to the historic ghost town of Doaksville through passing through the back of the cemetery.   My daugher was on a quest to find the entrance. 

Julie S. Taylor old Doaksville Cemetery-7148
I want to write more on Doaksville and Ft. Towson but Doaksville is more of a personal journey.  

Margaret Willis  buried at Ft. Towson-7156
It is the people who are in the unmarked graves who are forgotten, those in the unmarked cemeteries.  Whereever we are still laying our dead to rest someone might look them up and remember or say their name.  

Unmarked graves at doaksville-7149
These are all graves, their markers are gone or have been stolen.  

Margaret Willis 1879 buried at Ft. Towson-7159
My thesis is focusing on the ancient Choctaw people.  This is actually helping me focus, working on photos within the Choctaw nation. It helps me continue my research while getting my "hobby" of posting on my page out of my system.   

Margaret Willis 1879 buried at Ft. Towson-7162
These are all dated and difficult to read.  But, clearly building a visitors center for Fort Towson is getting a lot of funding.  Afterall..military Forts trump towns of the indigenous people who were forced to relocate to this area at the hands of greedy white southerners.  Not that those weren't my ancestors too.  

Broken Willis Grave old Doaksville Cemetery-7153
I seek out the oldest graves in a cemetery, because it fascinates me to think of what kind of lives these people must have led out west in Indian Territory.   Know I can envision the place where Willie was laid to rest.   


The Forgotten Ones

How this post happened.  Late last night I was reading a journal article for a class and there was mention of a cemetery in my county which had fallen victim to looting of Native American graves, so I called my sister to ask her about it.  She runs a county Genealogy page and spends alot of time documenting cemeteries and obituaries.  So I ran across a cemetery near where I live and my husband lived near it as a child, so he took me out to  it.  It is an old abandoned cemetery pretty much.  

Passmore Cemetery, Velma Oklahoma-7765
This is Passmore Cemetery near Velma, Oklahoma.   

Passmore Cemetery, Velma Oklahoma-7758
A hundred years ago this was a well maintained cemetery, I imagine.   A hundred and ten years ago people were being laid to rest here.  Many of the graves date from the 1890s and first decade of the 1900s.   They are forgotten, they may be your ancestors.   

Passmore Cemetery, Velma Oklahoma-7753
You can't see the grave from here very well.  Within it lies someone's 17 year old son.   

Passmore Cemetery, Velma Oklahoma-7755
I tripped while walking over to try to get a photo of the engraving.  After I read that it was a 17 year old who was put to rest in this spot, I imagined I may have been tripped.   It must be nice to get visitors when you've been abandoned.   Even if the spirits are not here, I would think the idea that occasionally some stranger wonders through and utters your name, which has not passed anyones lips in many decades is a nice idea.  

Passmore Cemetery, Velma Oklahoma-7747
Lost in the weeds and when summer arrives it will be too over grown to see.   Probably not what his parents imagined that would happen to this special spot where the cemetery was placed.  

Grave of Joseph-7749
This is a better view of this grave.   Cemeteries such as this aren't "spooky" or "Scary" to me, they do make me wish they were cared for, because as a human being the idea of abandoned loved ones is sad.   

John M. Horton Passmore Cemetery Velma OK-7724
Some markers are just names scratched in sandstone.   No expensive monuments. I imagine at one time it was scattered with wooden markers.  

Passmore Cemetery Velma Oklahoma-7722
I couldn't read the name on this stone.  

John Pogue born 1828 died 1889 Passmore Cemetery Velma-7715
This is the final resting place for John Pogue, born in 1828 and died in 1889.   

Passmore Cemetery Velma Oklahoma-7701
I'm sure there are far more graves in this cemetery than have markers. 

Otto and Andie Little Grave in Passmore Cemetery -7681
Little Otto and Andie, ages 2 and 4 passed away on the same day.   I can't imagine the pain of losing two little ones at once, I wonder what happened. 

Old grave marker-7672
"Our Little Boy Sleeps Sweetly Here."  There are so many child graves in old cemeteries.   Such a hard life these early settlers had.  

Passmore Cemetery Velma Oklahoma-7666
These people have all "Gone Home" 

Passmore Cemetery Velma Oklahoma-7678


Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hugo Oklahoma

HUGO Oklahoma-6957

Hugo has been on my list of places to visit for a long time now.  Why?  Because I'd heard of Mt. Olivet Cemetery and it's unique monuments which are placed in recognition of the larger than life personalities who were laid to rest here.  This cemetery is "the circus cemetery."  It features the resting places of "The Showman's Rest" - the area of the cemetery filled with circus performers who have passed away. 

Circus Cemetery at HUGO Oklahoma-6967

These graceful elephants mark the portion of the cemetery dedicated to the performers.  Hugo, which gained its name from Victor Hugo; is known as Circus City, USA and was (is) the winter home for the Carson and Barnes Circus and the Kelly-Miller Circus.  
Circus Cemetery at HUGO Oklahoma-6991
What struck me is the artistry on the stones; perhaps homage should be paid to the craftsman who created such unique tributes to those who have passed on to the other world.  

Circus Cemetery at HUGO Oklahoma-6997
I love the stones with pictures on them, it gives these gardens of the dead an aspect of humanism to remind us that these are someone's loved ones who are at rest.   

Inset from grave at Mt. Olivet cemetery hugo Oklahoma-6999
Something I would never do.   

Inset from grave at Mt. Olivet cemetery hugo Oklahoma-7008
Here is another posting I found about this cemetery for you to read: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10433

A Circus Tribute -6977
Another short posting on Mt Olivet http://www.examiner.com/article/mt-olivet-cemetery-hugo-is-final-resting-place-for-many-circus-performers

Los Latinos Grave Hugo Oklahoma-6982
Of course this is also the final resting place for the legendary bull rider Lane Frost who tragically lost his life at a young age.  

Lane Frost Grave-7036
Some more information on Lane Frost The Challenge of Champions: The Story of Lane Frost & Red Rock

Lane Frost Grave-7044
Tribute to Lane Frost

Lane Frost on Red Rock monument Mt. Olivet-7042
I enjoy (probably more than most events) going to the rodeo to watch the bull riders and the adventure and action of the rodeo.  It's adrenalin and excitement, but to watch the tributes to this Man who lost his life doing what he loved is moving.   We go to watch, but we don't want to see this tragedy happen in front of us.  http://www.lanefrost.com/8seconds.htm  Here is the official Lane Frost website and what it says about the movie 8 Seconds, which has documentary elements but is also fictionalized to some degree.  

This made me think of the video for one of my favorite songs...  

Gary Allan "Get Off On The Pain"   

 

This is a very interesting place to visit,  dedicated to individuals who lived to entertain.  

Ted Bowman Grave Hugo Cemetery-6978
Stop by Hugo Oklahoma...there is more to the town than the cemetery.  

HUGO Oklahoma-6964

 


Oolagah

My Great-Great Grandfather Harrington is buried in a small cemetery outside of Oolagah Oklahoma.  Oolagah is located north of Tulsa and is also the hometown of Will Rogers, if he were alive today I bet there wouldn't be a website he wouldn't like (well, perhaps not).   

Bank of Oolagah (1 of 1)
Bank of Oolagah, a quaint little building.  I feel obligated to post Will Rogers quotes now.  

Will Rogers Statue oolagah (1 of 1)
"Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like." ~Will Rogers 

Will Rogers banner in Oolagah (1 of 1)
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."  ~Will Rogers   

Town of Oolagah (1 of 1)
"Everybody is ignorant-- only on different subjects." ~Will Rogers --- I like this quote, so very true!

Will Rogers Statue  (1 of 1)
"If you want to be successful, it's just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing."  ~Will Rogers   

View of Will Rogers Statue (1 of 1)
"When you're through learning, you're through."  ~Will Rogers, and with that quote I will transition into a couple of cemetery photos from Wann Cemetery where my Harrington Ancestors are buried.   I never knew any of my Harrington ancestors, so I did get to see where they are resting. 

Wann Cemetery Oolagah (1 of 1)
So, this little cemetery sits right next door to a gun range!  It is a little bit disturbing walking through the peaceful graves and hearing gunfire.   

L.D Harrington (1 of 1)
My Maternal Great-Great Grandfather  

Wann Cemetery Oolagah 2 (1 of 1)

 


The Sunset and 5 Mile Cemetery

Sometimes I'm drawn to stop and photograph the graves at cemeteries.  I stopped at this little cemetery on my way home from a photo shoot in Sulphur on Tuesday and I pulled into this little cemetery outside of Hennipen Oklahoma.   Here is a link to the 5 Mile Cemetery

5 Mile Cemetery Oklahoma (1 of 1)
I stopped just as the sun was beginning to go down.  The golden hour, with the world turned a golden hue, the most beautiful time of the day.   

Sun set on a Cemetery (1 of 1)
Sometimes I wonder if there are souls, haunting these cemeteries if they don't appreciate people stopping by to say their names, to remember that they at one time, existed and walked on this earth. 

Grave Garvin County Oklahoma (1 of 1)
This cemetery is near Hennipen Oklahoma, here is a little history.  http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/miketower/hennepinhistory.html , the area has been settled since the 1850s.  This is really interesting. I'm trying to read more of the local history of the area.  

Grave in Black and White (1 of 1)
General History of Garvin County: http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/garvin.htm

Uncle Robbin 5 Mile Cemetery Hennipen (1 of 1)
Another Grave, next to the cemetery was a hay field with the sun lowering on the horizon I stopped and captured a few more photographs... 

5 Mile Cemetery Hennipen (1 of 1)
This was just a beautiful sight, to watch the sun shining through the trees over the hay field and the peaceful graves of those who are at rest in this cemetery. 

HAY (1 of 1)
A beautiful field drenched in the golden rays of the sun. 

HAY Sunset (1 of 1)

One more shot of this field, this one is from the Cemetery

5 Mile Cemetery Field Sunset (1 of 1)
Since I bought fried chicken for dinner...I figured I'd better get back on the road and head home before my kids sent out a search party.   

July Sunset Near Hennipen  (1 of 1)
But I stopped again for the sunset....  

Sunset Frustration (1 of 1)
And again I stopped, this time the giant orb of the sun was setting in a beautiful array of colors and I couldn't find a field or clearing for the trees. I sidetracked down a county road in hopes for a field, but no luck.   The sun set without its image being burned onto my memory card.  This was the best I could do.  


The Abandoned Cruce Cemetery

Sunday my Mom and I went and visited the "Old Cruce Cemetery."  Walking back through a pasture onto private property into a grove of trees.  Cruce is located in Stephens county and had a Post Office from June 13, 1910 to Augut 15, 1932. No buildings are around for this settlement. The lay of the land and groves of trees suggest that there were once more houses in the area.  

Road to Cruce Cemetery
Walking past the gate into a pasture back to where I knew there was a cemetery only because my Mom had told me about it.  I knew it was there she has told me about it for a few years now..I wondered where it was.  What kind of place could it be where people at one time laid their loved ones to rest has now become forgotten and overgrown. 

Cruce Cemetery Do you see it
Do you see the cemetery? Its there.... I couldn't see it either, were it not for my Mom who had been there I would have walked right by it.  Sad isn't it?   100 years ago people were placing their loved ones to rest here. 

View near Cruce Cemetery
Some local scenery from the area... what a nice view.   Only a few miles from my home.  

Cruce Cemetery 1
See the cemetery now?  There it is....

Abandoned Cemetery Cruce Oklahoma 

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality
~Emily Dickinson Jincy Charleston Grave Cruce Cemetery
I enjoy great works of literature written by authors who have long since met the fate that we all will meet someday.  In literature you find the emotion and the heartache of those who once lived.  The same emotion that you find in our own hearts and souls.  So when you look at these graves just think about the person lying beneath.  The person who left this earth nearly 100 years ago, leaving behind all those dreams and ambitions for the future.   Their future was different, but I imagine their emotions were the same.  I wonder if they thought that someday this little cemetery would be buried in brambles and brush, while the perennial flowers still peek above the ground showing us that at one time people wanted to make this place of rest beautiful.  

Fallen Tombstone Cruce Cemetery
There's nothing certain in a man's life except this:  That he must lose it.  ~Aeschylus, Agamemnon

Susand Jones Tombstone Cruce Cemetery 1907
Susan was born in 1843 in Georgia and died on Christmas Day in 19o7, how sad... for anyone to die on Christmas.  

Frank and Margie Harrmeyer Infant grave at cruce
When I look at these graves of infants I can just think of heartache and tears...so many lost babies in our history.  

Old Cruce Cemetery in Black and White

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.  ~John Muir

At Rest in a Forgotten Cemetery
Everyone is at rest perhaps more peacefully at this cemetery.  Where the coyote ran from us as we approached and the raccoon scampered away, unused to people being out here in the daytime (or they were rabid).  But they left quickly upon our approach. 

WG Morse Grave
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.  ~William Penn

Griffith Grave at Cruce Cemetery
An infant's grave..with a hand scratched tombstone.  Only a year old.  

Morse grave closeup
Imagine being born in 1835... What a different world  Mr. Morse lived in.  

FS Morse Cruce cemetery
Mr. Morse was born in 1835, while Mrs. Morse was born in 1860.  Yet he still outlived her. 

Fence around a Grave at Cruce cemetery
You can see the fence that was once so carefully placed around the grave.  A certain sadness to this place, yet it was peaceful. 

Darling We Miss You
This Infant's grave says "Darling we miss you." I can't imagine the heartache of losing a ten month old... 

Flowers near Cruce
as we left the cemetery on the long walk back to the car, I spent some time photographing the flowers on this warm May day.   I imagine we don't ever think that the places that we lay our loved ones to rest will be overgrown and forgotten, but sooner or later everyone will just become a forgotten memory, or a story in a book.