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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Paved Paradise

Wesley Treat has found six cemeteries located in parking lots, only one of which has appeared on The Genealogue.

While I was researching the "Cemetery Safari" chapter for my upcoming book Weird Oklahoma, I came across an unusual burial site west of Tulsa that was entirely enclosed within a strip-mall parking lot. Once sacred ground, it's now a conspicuous patch of grass in a sea of asphalt, a quirky spectacle to the shoppers forced to drive around it on their way to Radio Shack.

The handful of graves had become an absurd sight gag that punctuated the often indiscriminate momentum of American progress. And it got me thinking: were there others like it? Surely this wasn't the only time the deceased had stubbornly spoiled the aesthetics of a well-drafted parking lot. I mean, the good spots had already started going to the handicapped; it was only a matter of time before the dead horned in on the action, too.

And you know what? I was right. In fact, I found even more than I expected ...

Rob

There's a cemetery in Oakleigh (suburb of Melbourne Australia) which was converted into a car-park - one literally parks bumper to tombstone. A few tombstones were also laid horizontally on narrow grass strips between spaces - presumably to reduce damage to ones duco.

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