Last Wednesday I showed you some of the fun and touristy things there are to see in Roslyn. When I was reading about Roslyn in Wikipedia, it mentioned the historic cemeteries. And I also had a commentor on Weds. post saying how awesome they were to see. We didn’t have time to visit when we were there the first time, so last Friday I went to check it out.
I took the dogs for a great walk that goes out from Roslyn, so I could leave them in the truck while I went to the cemetery. I drove down the road where the cemeteries are, and said to myself, I’m going to need more time for this. Most small towns, have small cemeteries. Not so here, there are 26 different cemeteries spread out over a pretty large area.
When Roslyn was a mining town, there were people from all over Europe working here. So each ethnicity had their own cemetery, plus there were several lodges that had their own as well. These old wood signs show you were you are, plus there is a small map brochure that you can pick up there that helps you see where you are.
I love to visit old cemeteries, and we have been to a few that were pretty interesting. But this topped anything I have ever seen. A lot of the headstones were from the late 1800’s, and early 1900’s. There are quite a few new markers as well. It’s quite the historical walk through time.
Like any old cemetery there were a lot of babies, and children buried. It must have been so hard back then. The mortality rate for kids was not very good.
There were about 10 markers in a row like this. I don’t know if they were children that were not named, or adults that couldn’t be identified.
Most of the old markers were like these, tall and with the info inscribed on them.
There were a few like this, with an image of the person on it.
This was the simplest, most humble marker I found. If it hadn’t been for the old plastic flowers, I would have thought it was just another rock on the ground.
These 3 graves were simple too. Just 3 rings of rocks on the ground. The farthest one away was baby sized.
This marker was interesting and took me a second to read. You can see how they started inscribing the words, ran out of room mid word, and had to continue on the next line. Several of the children’s markers had little lambs like this one. So sweet.
I was a humbling experience to see all the young children, and young adults. There were a lot of mine accidents and a lot of people were killed in them. So much tragedy for such a small town.
Al wants to go back with me so he can see it too. I took a ton of photos, and will probably take more when we go again. If you find yourself near here, and like old cemeteries, this is a must visit place.
More information can be found here http://www.roslynmuseum.com/roslyn-cemetery.html