I was showing houses in Galveston today, and just had to stop to take a picture of the gorgeous brown-eyed Susans that blanket the historic Galveston cemetery every spring. They are always pretty, but this year the flowers are bigger and more dense than I have ever seen them. It's gorgeous!
The Broadway Cemetery Historic District is actually composed of seven separate cemeteries, grouped together in six city blocks in the center of Galveston. Not only is the historic cemetery district beautiful in the spring with the blanket of yellow wild flowers covering the gravesites, but it is also very interesting.
Some of the most famous citizens of Galveston and Texas are laid to rest in the Broadway Cemetery. There are about 12,000 grave markers visible in the cemetery, but that figure is believed to be just a fraction of the number of bodies burried in the group of seven cemeteries. Supposedly, the cemeteries have been raised two-three times in areas, and each time they were raised, some gravestones were lost or burried. The plots were re-sold and new graves created over the old ones.
The historic Galveston cemetery is just as beautiful as it is interesting. If you're in Galveston, it's worth the time to take a walking tour through the gravesites - especially when the brown-eyed Susans are in bloom.