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Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery, where the studio is still in operation today. The cemetery of choice for most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios,

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Tin sheet tombstones in a tiny New Mexico cemetery

Tin sheet tombstones in a tiny New Mexico cemetery

Over the years, Horace embellished the graves of family members and other folks from this rural community, using metal and tin, much of it painstakingly punched out with a nail.

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Unique tombstones prevail at the Wyuka Cemetery

Unique tombstones prevail at the Wyuka Cemetery

Rich in unusual tombstones, this small-town burial ground has a rolltop desk gravestone and a marker shaped like a law book.

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Final rest at the Poor Farm

Final rest at the Poor Farm

Completely surrounded by farm fields, the cemetery was part of the Almshouse, built by Livingston County in 1859 to provide a home for people who were poor, mentally or physically ill. From 1877 to 1934 residents that had no money were buried here. Recently, the cemetery was restored and includes a marker along Old Route 66.

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The many grave markers of Robert Johnson

The many grave markers of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson (1911-1938) The famed Mississippi Delta bluesman from Hazelhurst who supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for talent to sing the blues. This exchanged occurred at the “Crossroads” near Clarksdale. His landmark recordings from 1936 to 1937 display a combination of singing,…

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Istre Cemetery Houses

Istre Cemetery Houses

Driving between Lafayette and Lake Charles, I took a detour to see if I could find Istre Cemetery, an old graveyard that still had “cemetery houses.”     Once numbering in the hundreds, only three grave houses remain.  200 years ago, Acadian settlers in southwest…

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Davis Memorial

Davis Memorial

Davis Memorial – John Milburn Davis Mount Hope Cemetery Hiawatha, KS John Milburn Davis erected this memorial to “the sacred memory” of his wife, Sarah. After she died in 1930, he almost immediately commissioned the work to begin. In every sense it was a monumental…

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Circus Folks Cemetery with that personal touch!

Circus Folks Cemetery with that personal touch!

Time for a another weekend roadtrip, and given the time of the year, south was the best choice. I am in the middle of designing the new Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations book (due out no later than May) and realized that there are a…

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viva las vegas (nm) – another incredible site discovery!

viva las vegas (nm) – another incredible site discovery!

Casa de Colores—Casimiro “Casey” T. Marquez Home environment (interior and exterior) Las Vegas, NM “I live a happy life.” – Casey Another lucky day!  Magaret walked us over to an amazing site we had never heard of, and right around the corner from the hotel….

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