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 Post subject: Old cemeteries
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 pm28 2:19 pm 
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Anybody else like old cemeteries? Or does it just creep you out. Oklahoma doesn't have the really old stuff like the eastern part of the country, but still has some unique cemeteries. Assuming I'm not shot for suggesting this, post up what you have.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 pm28 3:39 pm 
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The Hominy and Grayhorse markers are primarily Osage Indian graves. Most of the markers date from the time period when the Osage nation first came into its oil wealth in the early 1920s.

The "old" Hominy cemetery is no longer used and is located southeast of town. The "new" cemetery is located on the eastern edge of town and is still in active use. There is rumoured to be a witches grave in the cemetery, but I've never looked for it. There are also the remains of graves in the hills, as some of the Osages preferred the traditional burial method above ground, with the deceased sitting facing west. The ceremony includes spirit bags, food, and other small items placed with the body, and it was usually surrounded by stones. This had to be done before noon, so the spirit could make its journey. The remnants of some of these locations can be found in the hills surrounding Hominy, if you know what you're looking for.

The old Ralston cemetery, with a few exceptions, was abandoned in the late 1920's for the Riverside cemetery west of town, which is still in use. While the old cemetery is in a beautiful location atop a hill overlooking the town and river valley, the hill is comprised of a significant amount of limestone, making digging difficult. Essentially, they ran out of space, unless you like digging in rock. Many of the graves where marked with home made markers or stones, many others with simple wooden markers which have long since decayed away. Legend has it that the first person buried in the cemetery was a U.S. calvary trooper, who after drinking heavily, shot himself with his revolver. This was in the late 1880's when Ralston was really just a camp on the Arkansas river trading with the Osage nation. Their are several military markers in the cemetery with no dates, so one of them may be his. Sure could be turned into a good ghost story.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 pm28 6:47 pm 
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man you do great work! love the old statuaries too!

Thanx for all yer contributions to the forum!

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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 pm28 8:43 pm 
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No problem. It's nice to find other people with the same interest. In my neck of the woods they're pretty slim.

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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 pm28 9:41 pm 
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A few more from some of the local cemeteries.


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File comment: The Skedee (originally Skidi) were a branch of the Pawnee nation. I like the simple epitaph. "A soldier".
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File comment: A marker in the Pawnee cemetery. Interesting to see tie ins to actual history.
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File comment: This one in the Pawnee cemetery impressed me. He served in 3 branches of the military in 3 different wars. This is a prime example of the Pawnee warrior ethos. Note his ancestor in the next picture.
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File comment: Pawnee Indian scout. The Pawnee Indians were originally in Nebraska before being relocated to Oklahoma. Many served as scouts with the US Cavalry and served with distinction.
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File comment: Henry Clyde Maddox. Google him if your bored. An intersting read. Buried in Fairfax cemetery.
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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10th, 2011 pm28 11:33 pm 
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...and a few more


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File comment: Found this one in the Fairfax cemetery. Looks like he had a promising career. You can find his minor league stats on line. I'm assuming an accident since he died while still playing ball.
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File comment: From an abandoned cemetery in Arkansas which was being reclaimed. The knights and daughters was an organization founded by an ex slave which founded the first all black hospital in the country. It was closed in 1983, but the building supposedly still exists in Mississippi. Would be a great exploration if true.
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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11th, 2011 pm28 3:21 pm 
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I love cemeteries. Especially old ones.

My best friend, may he rest in peace, used to take me to lunch. One day, after we went through a drive-thru, he asked if I wanted to go to "The Park" to eat. We were driving along and I asked him, which park are we going to? We were about half a block away from it and he pointed to it. So I looked and it was "Memorial Park Cemetery", in Tulsa. I asked are you serious? He said yes! I did not know what to say. So, there we were, in his truck, sitting by the small lake, in the cemetery, eating lunch and watching the swans and ducks on the lake. It was the best lunch I had ever eaten.

Do not get me wrong, I love going to cemeteries and finding the older sections and admiring the old markers. I never thought of ever eating in one.

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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
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I love them! We lived in South Florida for 7 years, there was a old cemetery that had BIG Banyon trees with old tombstones inside the trunk. See pictures below. There was also 1 headstone with 3 names of siblings, each child died a year apart and only lived for a couple of days. I would love to know how they died. Their names were:

Brenk, Arthur Allen¹ 10 Jul 1926 - 17 Jul 1926
Brenk, Nancy Ellen¹ 14 Jul 1927 - 16 Jul 1927
Brenk, Billy² 3 Sep 1928 - 8 Sep 1928

Brenk, Baby Girl² Unk - 4 May 1942

Mon & Dad: William & Louise Brenk

I would love to explore some of the Cemeteries around the area


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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19th, 2011 pm30 11:14 pm 
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Nice. Love those trees too!

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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
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ladies and gentlemen---my name is tom, and while i may be new to this group, i have had some experience as what my friends and i called being tunnel rats when i was younger. sadly im not as flexible or athletic as i once was but i got a real twinge of what it was like after seeing some of the underground drain tunnel photography. real good memories, cool sights. i like the abandoned sites lists too, and have a couple suggestions of places to find. the first is an old cemetary, very small, located south of the race tracks old place. this is not the one to the north, this is like a small family or indian site on the south end off in the weeds. not sure if its fenced but i had friends who lived 1/4 mile from there and played there as kids. also, not a cemetary but still old, i saw the old broadcast building for kvoo radio just today, building doors are open & visible from road, looked like debris inside from road. 151st e off of 11th st. hope this gets me off to a good start w/you all. greetings to all and illl keep lookin and add what i can when i can.


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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
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tunnel rats .


I've seen your tags under Owen park! The oldest ones I've ever seen. I think that earns you some pretty good street cred! ;) . Many of the tunnels around town have changed, and some even abandoned since those days.

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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
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I love visiting old cemeteries. When I lived in Boston, I could just spend forever walking through them, reading the markers, admiring the statues, etc. My favorite was the Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford, Mass. It was right down the street from my house, and while it wasn't famous for having any historical figured buried there, it was just the calmest place I think I've ever been. I even walked through one night in about three feet of snow...:D

I refuse to let my paranormal team investigate cemeteries, though, out of respect for those buried there and the family members who chose that cemetery for their loved one. I'm always afraid we'll contribute to bringing the wrong kind of interest to the cemetery itself, which brings vandals and bands of "ghost hunting" teenagers in by droves. So, I stick to just walking through and taking pictures!

You've got some great ones here! Thanks for sharing!


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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
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Welcome! I love old cemeteries and always check them out. I've found a couple of small ones that aren't listed and long abandoned. It's amazing how many are around if you look. I need to add some more to this....

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 Post subject: Re: Old cemeteries
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dwtaylor999 wrote:
Welcome! I love old cemeteries and always check them out. I've found a couple of small ones that aren't listed and long abandoned. It's amazing how many are around if you look. I need to add some more to this....


There is a few on NE 63rd street one (small one) east of sooner road (across from the House w/ the Cup Artwork in the fence :lol: ) & the other is bigger it's west of sooner road & closer to the Pilgrims Rest Church

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dwtaylor999 , I have some pics from Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah GA If anybody would be interested in seeing them, was a very peaceful place & the Architecture was amazing on the mausoleums as well as the ornate Iornwork

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Love old cemeteries!!! Thanks for the Osage burial information!


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There's an old cemetery out by Slick. No one ever goes to it any more.


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