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 driving
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”.