Auntie Visits Graveyards: A Southern Utah Jaunt

My nieces are really good at dancing; I am not. What I am good at is driving up to St. George, Utah when the girls make their way to dance competitions located two hours from Vegas.

This is exactly what I did on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Given a long break between routines, I jumped into my car and toured four (primarily ghost town) cemeteries located within sixty minutes of St. George.

First stop? The Catholic Pioneer Cemetery in the ghost town of Silver Reef, Utah…

The Catholic Pioneer Cemetery in the ghost town of Silver Reef, Utah.

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Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

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Lizards, Birds and Beetles

Lots of lizards, birds and beetles!

Then, just down the dirt road and within sight, the Protestant Pioneer Cemetery…

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The third graveyard scarecrow I saw that day.

The third graveyard scarecrow I saw that day.

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On my way to Grafton I drove through Toquerville and made a quick stop at the Toquerville Cemetery. It was completely unplanned and daylight was waning, but I wanted to leave with something poignant…

darlingsloresAnd then off to the ghost town of Grafton, Utah…

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"Killed By Indians"

“Killed By Indians” — File under things you don’t see every day. 

Speaking of "Indians"...

Speaking of “Indians”…

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A peek behind this pristine marker reveals a crumbled piece of history. I suspect that George’s original gravestone remains on the ground behind his new one.

Dimming the lights on Grafton Cemetery.

Dimming the lights on Grafton. 

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