Thursday, June 25, 2015

7 Tombs

Today we are walking a dirt path in Western Cemetery. It's a small burial ground of about 12 acres dating back to the 1700s. It is the city's second oldest cemetery. It has been inactive since 1910. The bricked-in line of these seven underground tombs is not a good sign. Sadly over the years, many graves here have been desecrated, broken open in the hopes of finding riches, I guess. These places used to be fronted with cast iron doors. Quite easy to break into. Why anyone would do this just boggles my mind. Point of information at this point: there is a plot of about 100 graves of Irish Catholics, who were driven here during the potato famine, and Longfellow's parents have burial sites here , but contents are empty. No one seems to know what happened to them.
Moral to the story:
After you are gone, you might be very well gone.
Riches?
I thought you couldn't take it with you.

18 comments:

  1. This is all so interesting. I've never seen that kind of burial in America.

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  2. wow, that's weird...ha, love your "moral to the story" :)

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  3. A sad story and a wise advice...

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  4. Grave robbers are very sick people.

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  5. wow. pilfering every last bit...

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  6. That kind of activity boggles my mind too! This scene reminds me so much of a cemetery in my home town in Illinois. There is a line of tombs just like this built into a hillside there too.

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  7. This is a really sad story of greed and avarice. I've seen tombs like these in China.

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  8. These are so unique! Vandalizing tombs, as you know, is as old as History itself. Sadly!

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  9. So sad to see! The Irish Catholics probably didn't have many riches to bury with them - poor souls.

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  10. The power of greed is as old as time.

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  11. Fascinating. Some people never learned they couldn't take it with 'em until it was too late. Surprise!

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  12. There are a few concrete tombs in an old cemetery here. Grass and weeds have infiltrated them. There has been problems here in Texas recently where copper or other metal plates used for grave markers have been stolen. What thieves won't do!

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  13. It is a grave insult to desecrate burial sites. Twisted individuals engage in this kind of activity.

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  14. This is a sad tale. The crypts look like the ones in the cemetery across the street from my childhood home.

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