a cemetery in a small town. 400tx. September 10.

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Last Saturday, I visited a cemetery about 30 minutes from where I live. I was surprised at its condition. Some of it was somewhat maintained but most was not.

The owner was there, so I asked what had happened. He said he has no money to maintain it now. He has between 8 and 10 burials a year, which is insufficient to keep the cemetery profitable. More people are choosing cremation, and many of them keep the ashes.

This mausoleum looks okay till you go around to the back. There is also a small building that once served as a small office. Vandalism has destroyed it.

He has a solution. He is walking away after this year.

Franklin B. Beach is one of several Civil War Veterans interred at the cemetery. (http://www.migenweb.org/michiganinthewar/cavalry/10cave.htm)

What will happen when he walks away?

I am curious because I plan to be buried in the cemetery. The above image is the area where you will be able to visit me sometime in the future. That was the plan anyway. These images were created with the Pentax 645. The film was shot at ISO 400 and 800 and developed in HC-110(B) for 4 minutes @20C.

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