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Old 07-06-13, 09:09 PM   #1
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Cycling in a graveyard. Creepy! (pics)

here are some pics of creepy crypts. hey, if they weren't creepy what would
be the point of 'em?

this is denver's riverside cemetery, est. 1890.

the evans one- this is just toooooo creepy- you can see through the grilled door down into the crypt. it goes a ways back, evidently someone was looking to have a group home. i think the bods have been re-interred.

jones- broken into several times, so bods also probably re-interred.

hollister- looks to be more secure, but who knows?

years back some kids dug up an army general and cut his head off. caught, prosecuted for grave robbing, desecration of a corpse, criminal trespass.

there're tours at night during halloween. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!
OWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

group of white headstones is the pre-ww1 veteran's section, some marked 'soldier unknown'.
note bike to the right

no idea what the hoss is about. something i heard about hoss statues: if a horse is rearing w/rider it means a battlefield victory, if merely walking/standing it means a battle lost. an unaccompanied hoss means dead rider. ???????

blue/white thing is a monument in the russian orthodox section. attached to it are three plaques commemorating individuals lost during 3 wars. the others don't have pictures. a pic actually forces you to recognise the loss of that person. i saw a lot of these in germany- whole cemetery boundary walls covered with pics of soldiers whose final resting place was not recorded. not just one war, either. many had 'gefallen in osten'- fallen in the east (russia).
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Old 07-06-13, 09:44 PM   #2
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There's a small cemetery from the 1860's on Main street in my home town of Downers Grove, IL... Several years back they went to dig up the street below it and found many of the bodies had made their way down into the street due to the liquefaction of the soil beneath their decaying bodies... It wasn't creepy before, but after that it was a little.
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There's a small cemetery from the 1860's on Main street in my home town of Downers Grove, IL... Several years back they went to dig up the street below it and found many of the bodies had made their way down into the street due to the liquefaction of the soil beneath their decaying bodies... It wasn't creepy before, but after that it was a little.
whoa! migrating bodies....

central denver had 2 graveyards that were closed and the residents relocated. one became cheesman park and the other denver botanical gardens. stuff still occasionally surfaces at cheesman. a treasure hunter i knew dug up a coffin handle. cheesman attracts a lot of gay dudes. 'bout dawn one day was driving through from night work and it was really foggy so i was hardly going a walking pace. a dude came running out of the fog wearing a pegnoir, negligee or something else filmy (i don't know the differences, if any. wasn't a teddy, for SHER) and no dr'ers (how i knew it was a dude, just a best guess) and red stiletto heels. guess he/she was running to get home before hubby. uh-HUH!
making good time, too, in those heels...

ever see pics of flooded areas with coffins floating down the river?
new orleans has above ground graves due to a high water table.
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Haha. I guess every area has one of those shady parts. And no I can't see I've seen coffins floating away, but I have heard that about N'awlins.
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I think you need to go back after dark and take those pictures over again.
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I think you need to go back after dark and take those pictures over again.

ARE YOU CRAZY? DO I LOOK CRAZY?

lemme re-phrase that last part. i'd have to wear a 6-pack of 3xl pampers, have a portable de-fib unit strapped on and hot to go, and rocket assist on the bike.

true story- i got hauled away once for grave robbing. a cousin is in g.h.o.s.t., ghost hunters of south texas.
these folks just ain't right. anyway, she dragged me to a graveyard one night to photograph orbs. well,
somebody done went and called the po-leece and they come and hauled us off to the pokey.
she's tryin' like lucy (i love lucy) to s'plain it all and the po-pos are unhappy. she got them to call the heads of ghost in the middle of the night.

dude. i thought we wuz next in line for execution.

eventually they bought the story and let us go, warning us that graveyards closed at 9 pm.

on the lighter side (pbbbbbt{that's a noise, not an anacronym**):

lived in a small town once, not far from the graveyard. teenagers would cruise it late at night,
freaking themselves out. a friend and i would hide close to the drive and as one slowwwwly went by
we'd come at it from both sides and bang on the car and make hissing and screeching noises.
the girls'd scream and claw their dudes, and the dudes'd holler and stomp the gas.
and it was good.

that same graveyard had an aboveground brick vault that had been opened at one end and, presumably,
the occupant had been relocated elsewhere. we'd dare each other to crawl in it. was only wide enough
for the coffin. well, one night my friend finally decided he'd crawl in it.
jeez, i'm getting goosepimples just remembering it.
he got in there and i screeched 'look out!' and started running.
he'd crawled in headfirst with no room to turn around, but he managed to get turned around and outrun
me to the gates. not happy with me.

one day at school i saw him in the hallway with a big quarto book, and he's mumbling something.
'whatcha reading, phil?'
'a book of spells'.
'oh. which spell?'
'the Lord's Prayer backward. i'm trying to bring forth the Devil'.

well, that stopped the conversation right there for me. my mama told me 'bout what happens to little boys who be messin' wit' the Devil.
now phil, he never did consider all the possible consequences of anything he did, and i envisioned the Devil all red, forked tail, cloven hooves, horns, a-breathin' fire, smelling like brimstone (still don't know what that is), clopping around in the hall there, pitchforking sinner kids- and bein' right busy cuz there was a lot of them.
phil never thought about how to get rid of him once summoned. probably figured he'd do phil's bidding.
well, me being a sinner and prime candidate for the pitchforkin', i unassed the area, saying i'd see him later (maybe).
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If you see Arch Stanton's grave, dig up the one next to it and lemme know what you find.

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I love graveyards!
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If you see Arch Stanton's grave, dig up the one next to it and lemme know what you find.

"You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."
"You're not Diggin...".
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Sorry, back on track.

I also love to stop at small graveyards out in the sticks, if for no other reason than to see how old the oldest ones are. Graveyards speak volumes of a region.
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i've treated cemeteries like parks. a place to go, walk, read, think, or just be.

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a big military site in n.seattle at dusk


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most of mine were taken on foot, not via a bike ride. but this reminds me, i need to get the bike in a graveyard photo for more comic irony.
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I've been meaning to drop in during my rides, i like to read the tombstones and sometimes you get a creepy picture of the person/s on the stones!
Ghost Hunters are supposed to get permission, that just makes people think even less of them
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freaking themselves out. a friend and i would hide close to the drive and as one slowwwwly went by
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the girls'd scream and claw their dudes, and the dudes'd holler and stomp the gas.
and it was good.
Wowza! Gonna scare someone to death!
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used to walk a graveyard near an old job during lunch. I found it kinda depressing. people would leave things graveside. notes from kids, pictures, toys, golf balls, I could only imagine who visited and their sorrow for their lost loved ones. nothing in life comes close to the joy I feel teaching my daughter to drive. yesterday I asked her what things she thought she might remember about learning to drive 40 years from now. we looked around and wondered together.
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The BEST cemetery, I mean the BEST, is old St. Louis No. 1 in New Orleans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Louis_Cemetery
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The New Orleans cemeteries are absolutely fascinating. It's best to take a tour of one, just to get the history and operation.
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I grew up in a small town, and we used to race through there at night in high school. I always thought they were rather peaceful places, certainly more peaceful than the anatomy lab - there weren't any tests in the cemetery!
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