stone and dust

travel, photography and musings on cemeteries, memorials, and other dark sites


February 2017

Site 52: Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

I only had a few days in San Diego, but I knew I wanted to visit the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery when I was there. I don’t get many opportunities to visit military cemeteries, but I always appreciate the opportunity to do so. Not only are the cemeteries very moving, Continue reading “Site 52: Fort Rosecrans Cemetery”

Site 51: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

I suppose if you are the type of person that likes to visit the graves of famous people, then this is the cemetery for you. I’m not that type of person. As I’ve mentioned before, I often find the graves of the non-famous to be more interesting than those who are more well-known. Continue reading “Site 51: Hollywood Forever Cemetery”

Site 50: Santa Monica’s Woodlawn Cemetery

I only 3 days in L.A., and every single one was cold and gloomy and rainy. Which, in some cases, can be excellent conditions for visiting a cemetery, so that’s what I did. Santa Monica is famous for its beaches and shopping, but Woodlawn Cemetery didn’t seem that far away, so umbrella in hand, Continue reading “Site 50: Santa Monica’s Woodlawn Cemetery”

Site 49: Santa Monica’s Crosses in the Sand

Back when I was studying for my first Master’s degree in History, I took a course on public memory, that is, how regular people choose to remember, commemorate, or celebrate history. This can range from roadside memorials to plaques on historic buildings to Continue reading “Site 49: Santa Monica’s Crosses in the Sand”

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