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Week 7 #15 Graveyard


Back in 1847 the Harper family, going by wagon train to California buried their 2 daughters on a plot of land that eventually became the private cemetery of the Huston family near what is now West Des Moines, Iowa. A stage route, run by J.B. Huston, that ran by the cemetery was abandoned in 1867 with the advancement of railroads. Through the ensuiung years roads began to form, to what we now call a round a bout, and the locals began to call it “The Cemetery in the Middle of the Road”. This cemetery has to be the most unique I have ever seen. I counted 18 partial or whole headstones. I have no doubt more people are buried there, but with time the stones have crumbled and returned to the earth. Reading a recent article via the internet there are rumors circulating that the roads may be moved because fast or unfamiliar drivers are continually drivingIMG_2782


IMG_2786 into the cemetery. A sign posted with the history of the cemetery was destroyed in one of the accidents and has never been replaced. Being there I had difficulty feeling a sense of peace one might normally feel in a cemetery because of the constant sounds of traffic all around. I only felt sadness when we pulled away in our car and left behind “The Cemetery in the Middle of the Road”.


Author: CarolynEliason

I have always enjoyed photography, but with encouragemet from family and friends over the past several years I began to realize I really love it! Belonging to this blog and a local digital photo group has challenged me to look at the beauty of the world and to enjoy capturing it with my camera.

7 thoughts on “Week 7 #15 Graveyard

  1. oh that’s very poignant … those people could never even imagined vehicles that would go so fast with so much noise.

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  2. Very interesting

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  3. When I first looked at the photos, I thought that the little cemetery was quite unique. But after reading the history and your comment about not having a feeling peace, I looked again and truly understood what you meant. On one hand, you might think that at least the town honored the burial grounds. On the other hand, you have to wonder why they didn’t move the road over just a little to allow for the cemetery to be beside the road on just one side or be a corner, not the center.

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  4. That is truly unique. I see changes ahead for that cemetery.

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  5. Very interesting. Yes, they should protect the cemetery better or divert the roadway.

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  6. A truly intriguing story of a culture past. You have done a great job of depicting this unusual cemetery.

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  7. An interesting story. An unusual cemetery. I can understand how you missed the feeling of peace. Thanks for the history and also the photos.

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