The Most “Literary” Cemeteries in the World

I enjoy this “morbid” hobby.

I giggled a little bit when I read this line about it being morbid to visit cemeteries via The Most “Literay” Cemeteris in the World – irevuo

I suppose it could be considered morbid but to me cemeteries are nothing remotely spooky. To me, they are some of the most beautiful and peaceful places.

I have been known to travel far out of my way just for the opportunity to visit cemeteries of interest to me.

In the case of Marie Leveau, I waited years to visit that cemetery…only to have a seizure on the way there and get no farther than the road outside the entrance of the cemetery. I still intend to make it back to see the tomb of the famous voodoo queen.

I developed an interest in cemeteries as a child from visiting the graves of my ancestors.

As I grew older, I learned to appreciate old cemeteries in places that I traveled. Then it blossomed into an interest in the graves of historically noteworthy people.  

I started to make a short list of graves of interesting individuals I have visited over the years. Frequently, I scope out a cemetery in every new location I travel to.

No list would be proper if I didn’t start it with Arlington National Cemetery. I am a military granddaughter, wife, mother, and mother-in-law so Arlington is extra special. I couldn’t make a trip to Washington D.C. without taking the opportunity to see the Tomb of the Unknown soldier or the eternal flame burning in remembrance of JFK.


The second most interesting grave I have had the pleasure to visit is Buffalo Bill. This legendary show man of the wild west is buried in a breathtaking place on Lookout Mountain just outside Denver, Colorado. There is a great little museum to Buffalo Bill near his burial site.


On the same theme of western beauty, the resting place of legendary gunman Doc Holiday is perched high on a mountain in Glenwood Springs Cemetery. His exact resting place is lost to time, but a memorial stands in the cemetery to memorialize the notorious figure of the shootout at the O.K. Corral.


The year I traveled to Deadwood, South Dakota I got a two for one. Both Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock are buried in the cemetery in Deadwood. Where else would Calamity Jane be buried besides near the rumored love of her life, Wild Bill Hickock?


Geronimo is another interesting grave I was able to visit on one of my travels. The old Native American warrior lived a very noteworthy life. His grave marker is one of the more unique but simple stones I have seen.

Finally, I have the oddest cemetery I ever went out of my way to see. The Mascot cemetery on Ft Sill, Oklahoma. If you have never heard of the mascot cemetery that probably makes you one of most. I noticed a sign for the cemetery by chance while visiting Ft Sill for a basic training graduation. It piqued my interest, so we went off down a trail to the middle of nowhere. Eventually we stumbled upon the Mascot Cemetery, but it was not exactly what I expected. I was assuming a cemetery for a family with the last name Mascot from long ago. Indeed, it is literally the base Mascots.

Do you enjoy visiting cemeteries? Tell me about your favorite cemetery!

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  1. When I first moved to Kansas, I had no known Kansas connections. I later moved back home before moving to Wichita a few years later. It was that time, my half-aunt informed me she was born in Kansas. She got the town and county wrong, but Rand McNallly came to the rescue as this was a ways before the Internet was available. I managed to make a trip out to the small town in 1992. It was a 3 hour drive back then. Later, I did a surname search on Find-A-Grave and found buried near there, a young boy. When I saw who the parents were, my maternal grandfather and his first wife, I realized that my half-aunt had a brother who died before she was born. In 2014, I had a chance to visit his grave, probably the first family member to do so in 100 years as my grandfather moved a few years later.

    When I first started photographing headstones in Wichita, I joked about finding a Wichita connection as I had no known Wichita connection. About a year after starting, I stumbled upon my Wichita connection. I didn’t recognize the name, but as soon as I looked up the name on Find-A-Grave and saw her parents, I knew who she was. She was a first cousin to my grandfather. Her parents had moved to Enid, Oklahoma from Rice County, Kansas. I had no clue she had moved to Wichita. Her brother wrote a book without following copyright laws at the time so it was in the public domain. Her husband got a photography job with a Wichita newspaper around 1913 – 1914.

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