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Forgotten Souls (Who were these people)?

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photograph by Robert Swetz

 Forgotten Souls (Who were these people)?

 I came across this Cemetery in Goldfield Nevada when I was headed north to Mammoth Lakes & Yosemite in California. 

 Death is really something that has never bothered me very much, and I am a person that can handle it very well. Our life on Earth is very short, like the twinkling of a eye. And when we die we are remembered at that moment and a short time by others that love us. As the years pass by we are forgotten more and more.

photograph by Robert Swetz

 As I walked around looking at the tombstones over 50% of them had no names or information who these people were. Because many of these sites were so old, the weather and lack of upkeep had taken away their names, etc. (Who were these people)?

photograph by Robert Swetz

 This is just one of thousands of Cemeteries across the United States and around the world. And I will bet that many, many, peoples names have disappeared from their tombstones and grave sites. Some may say "their dead what difference does it make?" If these people are dead and it makes no difference then why even put their names and other information on the tombstones?

photograph by Robert Swetz

 When I pass away I will be cremated and my ashes will be spread on the beaches of California, around some huge Redwood trees in California and the rest around the temples in Bagan Myanmar (Burma) South East Asia.

 Friends and family may have forgotten these people, but (God) sure hasn't!

These photographs were taken by Robert Swetz 5-23-2009 in Goldfield Nevada - duplication is prohibited by copyright laws - all rights are reserved. I have re-sized the photos so they may be a little fuzzy.

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An Marshall
Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine - Saint Augustine, FL
Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant

wow the pictures were great.  You sure are getting philosophical on us!  Wonder if these gravesites are on state land or who does own the land?

May 29, 2009 11:34 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Robert - That cemetary looks similar to the one in Bodie, California.  Bodie is an old ghost town which is quite interesting to visit. 

May 29, 2009 01:22 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

LOL An, spoken like a true realtor!!!

Bob, I love old cemetarys, they make for great photographs! Thank you!

May 29, 2009 01:32 PM
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Hey Bob - Eventually it's all dust to dust. When I die, I want to be beamed up to the Starship Enterprise and tour the galaxy with Captain Kirk :-)

May 29, 2009 01:32 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Robert those are some really nice photographs.  It's interesting to me to visit cemeteries.  And I do visit my ancestors graves as well... and they are sure not forgotten by me.

May 29, 2009 02:07 PM
Xinh Truong
Connect Realty.Com, Inc. - San Leandro, CA

You're better in dealing with death than I am.  As I get older, I sometimes wonder, why does it even matter.  We go to school for a long time, we work for a long time, we laugh, we cry and in the end, we are left with nothing.  Your pictures back up my thoughts and fear.  We live, we die, and then we are forgotten.  So before I die, I must think of a way to be remembered.  Hmmm...how about a great american novel?  That'll probably work, but I have one problem...I am a terrible writer.  After proof reading-I'm a bit of downer, aren't I?

May 29, 2009 02:57 PM
Kathy Clulow
Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Robert - earth to earth ashes to ashes dust to dust ... we are here for such a very short time in the overall scheme of things ... I attended a funeral a few years back where the earthly remains of my husbands aunt were placed under a stone in the cemetery in a little swale. I am sure they were washed away a few hours later when we had a terrible downpour.

May 29, 2009 04:19 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Cemeteries are sad but this one looks really sad.  It looks like something out of a western movie.

May 29, 2009 04:29 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Vegas Bob, those are great pictures and it is a great question.  I am sure that deep down we all want to be remembered, but you're so correct, God knows who each of us is, and no erosion of a name on a tombstone can change that!

May 29, 2009 05:50 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

H-m-m-m, Does the song "Eleanor Rigby" come to mind...

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May 29, 2009 09:24 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

  I would like to thank every one for their comments and your comments are very important to me. If for any reason you ask me a question in your comment and I do not come back with a reply to your comment please send me a email.

  I write about so many different things and post so many photographs that I lose track. It's very important to me to interact with Activerain Members when they are commenting on my posts!

 Once again thanks for your comments and "Have a wonderful day"


Sep 09, 2009 01:53 PM