Sunday, October 18, 2009

Near Bisbee Arizona

This past spring, No. 2, No. 3 and I visited my little brother and his family in Arizona.
We went on a few road trips and had a blast. But really? I could have spent ALL day in this cemetery! It is one of the most "fascinating" cemeteries I've been to. HUGE! I didn't even see a 1/4 of it. It is the Evergreen Cemetery in Lowell, Arizona. Cemetery Visitin is not necessarily on the No. 2 & No. 3's list of things to do. So I was very kind and kept my visit to a minimum. {and it about killed me!} LOL

I am going back someday. And I plan on taking a lunch (or eating at the really cute diner next door) and spending all day in this cemetery. Lowell is in a teeny almost ghost of a town that sits next to Bisbee. (which is a fantastic place to visit). So much history! I don't' know that I have seen so many nationalities in one cemetery. And so many different kinds of architecture in the tombstones and gravesites. I was in awe. It was a different feeling cemetery too. Don't know how to explain it. I don't generally feel sadness in cemeteries. I usually feel peaceful. It wasn't not peaceful but I felt like there were many lost or forgotten souls in this one. There were so many neglected grave sites there. Which made me a bit sad. It's a mining town, and so many people came and went. Many deaths from Mining, Indians, Gun Fights, and other causes. I think many have been forgotten.
I love this stone. It's absolutely beautiful. The details are wonderful. A very precious one indeed. The childs name was Audrey Maye Drury. She was born May 12, 1905 and died September 30, 1913. Being the genealogist I am. I did a little research on Audrey. Her parents were William and Mary E. E. Drury. William was a Foreman for the Copper Mines. William was born in New York. Mary was born in Indiana. Audrey was born in Arizona. I don't know when William and Mary wed? But in 1900 William was single, working in a Quartz Mine in Bernalillo, New Mexico. The next I find William is in 1910 in Lowell with his wife Mary and child Audrey. Audrey attended Bisbee School Dist. In 1911 and 1912. I don't know what Audrey died from? Her father William died June 28, 1914 at 39 years old. I can't find any more information on Mary.

I do hope I get to return sooner than later and spend some more time photographing this wonderful piece of history, as well as exploring the grounds and people buried there.

*note. The child's tombstone was covered in bird droppings. Especially the head. ;o) I did a little photoshopping to remove it all.


Karina said...

I too love cemeteries, of course the old kind that actually had headstones. Your pics are beautiful. I always wondered the stories behind the people...and we sometimes make them up - I never thought to actually see if I could find out.

Before my daughter was born, we looked through several cemeteries looking for name inspirations.

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh, poor Mary -- she lost her child and husband in such a short time period. I love cemetaries too. It's always so sad to see worn tombstones where you can barely read what's written on them.

Living on the Spit said...

That would have been so cool to walk around and look at...such histories to learn.

Kelly O. said...

My mother and aunt connie used to love to take us (my bro and I and my 4 cousins) to the cemetary for Sunday walks.
this post brought back so many memories of that. My mother and my Aunt Connie are now both widows (within the past 2 years) and cemetaries now hold a different meaning for them. but at the time they loved to read the stones to us and remind us about how much they loved us.
Fond memories.


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