Almost Cemetery Fences

The cemetery from the time when Elephant Butte Dam was being built (about 1916 but there are a few newer graves) is guarded by a couple of ‘no trespassing’ signs.  No fence, just the fence posts.  no trespassing

And this is what they guard.  This is the newer grave (R. J. Schmalhausen, 1861-1932).
EB fenced grave

Most graves that can be seen are just piles of rocks overgrown with cactus and creosote.  This one had a nice fence once, but I think the cactus protects the grave more than the metal fence ever did.

EB grave cactus

Here’s an overview of the cemetery.  Not many family members visit to put flowers on the graves.  But the other day there were bluebirds decorating the area.  Very nice.

EB cemeteryI’ll link with Friday Fences, although mine are minimal.

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10 Responses to Almost Cemetery Fences

  1. MK Ray says:

    Not a bad place to wind up; turning into prickly pear which turns into birds and rodents which can turn into eagles.

  2. Frank says:

    An interesting story told by your pics. Thanks.

  3. Janis says:

    this is kinda sad.

  4. LaVoice says:

    How sad that someone has not taken better care of this cemetery. However, there many not be many living around there anymore.

    • It’s not easy to get to the cemetery. I think most of the folks buried there died during construction of the dam (1916). There were no towns in the area so no one was ‘from’ here. It doesn’t get vandalized – it’s just benign neglect and a return to nature.

  5. I love your eye when you photograph. If that makes sense.

  6. Catherine says:

    Delightful… I love that the graves have not been desecrated, and disturbed, by human hand but are simply succumbing to nature. Thankyou.

  7. Catherine says:

    Reblogged this on South Australian Graves Under Threat and commented:
    The destruction and desecration of gravesites disturbs my very soul and to see these old burial sites allowed to simply return to nature fills my heart with gladness…

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