Monday, May 13, 2024

Cemeteries - Wrapping Up

Ok, another wrap up as we were completing out travels from Louisiana, Texas and back to Arizona.  

wikipedia is the Source of Information and Reference Press Here

A cemetery, burial ground, gravesite, graveyard, or a green space called a memorial park, is a place where the remains of dead people are buried or otherwise interred. The word cemetery (from Greek κοιμητήριον 'sleeping place')[1][2] implies that the land is specifically designated as a burial ground and originally applied to the Roman catacombs.[3] The term graveyard is often used interchangeably with cemetery, but a graveyard primarily refers to a burial ground within a churchyard.[4][5]

Taforalt cave in Morocco is possibly the oldest known cemetery in the world. It was the resting place of at least 34 Iberomaurusian individuals, the bulk of which have been dated to 15,100 to 14,000 years ago.

Now why am I writing about cemeteries? Well, it is easy. Cemeteries are places where people are buried and no one ever goes there. I mean, think about this. I have 3 generations of Prichard's buried in Alex. I also have 2 generation of Wisniewski (mother) buried in Niles, IL. Polish town just northwest of Chicago.

Susan, has her parents and grandparents are buried outside of Mattoon, IL. We spent time, the last time we were in Illinois visiting them. Harold, her brother, does go out and visit all the graves sites.

I along with Susan, am the only one who goes to the cemeteries.

While we travel, the back roads of this beautiful country, we will stop and visit cemeteries. This is what we see:

However, normally the photos below show what We see on the Road. This one is located just northeast of Mountainair, NM

This one on the road from Valley of Fire NM to Mountainair NM. State Road 55 (NM 55) is a state highway in the US state of New Mexico. Its total length is approximately 96.8 miles (155.8 km). The small town of Claunch is on this main hwy. The word town, in my opinion can no longer be used, as there is the US Postal Office seems to be closed.

As we drive, we strive to have a camera ready. Sometimes we are able to stop, and I will jump out for that special photo. 

This is what happed as we were traveling west on US Hwy 60 to Show Low.  Susan was driving and decided to stop and change drivers, this where we stopped, in the town called Quemado, NM. 

Traveling this great country roads, can fill you with so much history as to how this country came about. 

Anyway, I leave you with this thought - Cemeteries are wonderful places to learn history, art and they are good places for reflection. 

If you wish to travel a road less travel check out U.S. Route 60

A little bit about NM Hwy 55

State Road 55 (NM 55) is a state highway in the US state of New Mexico. Its total length is approximately 96.8 miles (155.8 km). NM 55's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 54 (US 55) west-northwest of Ancho and the northern terminus is in the village of Estancia at NM 41.


In the 1930s, the section of highway between Cuba and Farmington was known as NM 55. By 1940, NM 44 was moved to the road NM 55 followed, and the NM 55 designation was removed. In the early 1940s the portion from Estancia to Tajique was named NM 55 when NM 10 (later NM 14) was extended south over the remainder of NM 15. For a brief time in the early 1940s, the segment between Claunch and US 54 was designated NM 195. In 1988, NM 14 was broken up into several routes to eliminate concurrent segments with other routes, and NM-55 assumed the former portion of NM 14 south of Tajique. Currently it covers the entire length of the original route NM 15.[2] 

Safe Travels and Journeys 
DaGirls Rv, Gus the Bus
Susan, Tilly, Dakota and me

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