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Also prominent in Colorado cemeteries thus far are Freemason/Eastern Star, Grange, and Oddfellows stones. There’s a Freemason hall and Oddfellows hall on Main Street in Longmont; welcome to agrarian Americana.

Are we 'goodnow?'

Are we ‘goodnow?’

The part of town in which Columbia Cemetery was situated is now surrounded by houses full of Colorado University students. We saw a girl running through the cemetery–as in, running for exercise.

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After unsuccessfully attempting to visit Valmont Cemetery (the road was washed out), we continued on to Boulder and traveled to this cemetery high above the smug clouds.

Green Mountain Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

 

Green Mountain Cemetery–founded 1904–contained graves for people of diverse races and backgrounds, including Arabic, Jewish, and Asian people. There were a few family vaults, too.

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All right! First cemetery spelunking of 2015 was unplanned. Your intrepid cemetery spelunker and hir partner TC were on the way to Boulder to check out other cemeteries, dodging cyclists riding in the road, and we spotted this old church.

Ryssby Church | Gothic Granola

 

Most occupants of this cemetery were Swedish. Since it was Sunday, it was rather busy: three elderly people visiting a grave, two Harley-Davidson riders, a cyclist, and us.

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The trends I noticed the most in the Colorado graveyards I visited today were: more “mountain scenes” engraved in newer stones than any other East Coast cemeteries I’d visited, and the modern young people (17-30 at time of death) usually died of accidents.

After staying the night at a friend’s house in Northeast DC, TC and I toured these three cemeteries across from each other on Suitland Road in Suitland, MD, just outside of DC.

Visiting large cemeteries on a sportbike is the way to go!

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This visit was the pinnacle of Gothiness. On a visit to Baltimore, my friend RtM and I just happened to park near Westminister Hall, where Edgar Allan Poe is entombed.

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Ubergothness ensued. Clicky for slideshow.

Check it out: RtM’s sweatshirt and other goodies.

It seemed Greenmount Cemetery was never open for visitors. One fortuitous Saturday afternoon, Gentile and some other friends, and I managed to join a tour. We saw John Wilkes Booth’s grave and the final resting places of other Baltimore denizens.

 

Greenmount Cemetery | Cemetery Spelunking

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Congressional Cemetery is supported by dog-walkers. It’s serious business. Friends organized this party in October. Cemetery spelunking is a social activity for Goths.

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