Thursday, September 16, 2010
Overlooking the ponds at Evergreen Cemetery are a group of above and underground tombs. This is an above ground one for the J.B. Carroll family. They all are secured with some degree of iron gates, large locks or some sort of combination of both. When I worked here, one of my jobs was cleaning the large granite tombs with my old timer Ray. He was all about rolling his own cigarettes and telling me some great stories of life in early Portland. This one is about the size of a one car garage, and it usually took us about three days to complete the job. Now, as you might notice, its been sealed with a layer of stone to prevent further entry. A sad commentary on earlier times-- they were often broken into and attempts were made to gain access to individual vaults. I think, most of us would simply say: RIP.