The decay in some of the old graveyards of the gold rush era is a bit more disturbing than others. This entire gravesite is falling apart and into itself. While I have no special feelings for the remains of man once the soul has departed, I still feel a bit weirded out knowing there’s a rather easy access to them. It might have been scenes from movies or Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller” video that did this to me but the unsettling feeling is present anyway.
This graveyard in Nevada County is strictly maintained by individuals and most of it is falling to bits daily. It also appears this is what used to be called a pauper’s graveyard. Many of the “markers” are small embossed pieces of tin, sometimes on simple wooden sticks and sometimes just laying in the ground.
The extremely close proximity of the neighbourhood is indicated by the sight of a car right behind the opened gravesite. What’s a trifle more unnerving is that the home where the car is sits well below the level of these remains. A lot of people are on well water up here and most of the rest are on “ditch” water. I doubt I’d be thrilled to have anything to do with the water in this immediate vicinity. :-O
There WAS something at this site that I’m still debating showing: a popular kid was (fairly recently) accidentally killed locally and his completely hand-crafted memorial stands close to the front gate. The simple wooden cross has a collection of objects left upon it with love and remembrance by those who know the child. I’m not even comfortable mentioning a gender or age yet so I’ll be thinking on it another few months (as it has been at least four months already) and it will come in its time or be remembered in my digital archives quietly forever.