Posts Tagged ‘Unmarked grave

10
Nov
13

Photography, Hiking & A Mystery: A Marker to What?

I took my wife hiking-bushwhacking to a remote area that was quite historical over a hundred years ago. Now it is an overgrown area, that only a few history buffs and artifact diggers know of. We found an old short handled shovel and some tin pieces, but none of the pottery pieces and such that use to litter the area…this private, overgrown area.

marker in the woods SB I have it on good authority from an avid area historian that certain workers were buried up in these dense woods with their keepsakes and possessions in unmarked graves. This belief must be known by others because at one time, I encountered digging sites and some artifacts, but nothing to denote a grave.

So, this gawdy vision in the distance, moving with the cold wind caught our eye. Now what are the possibilities for such a marker well off the beaten path?

shrine sBNow to clarify the decorative trappings: a small plastic princess crown that said “Happy Birtday”, A deflated, mylar balloon that said “I love you”, a deflated, mylar balloon that said “Happy Mother’s Day”, a deflated, mylar balloon for the Oregon State Beavers (OSU) along with the strung garland. 

So why this spot out in the woods with no discernible trail to this spot?

Was this the end point of some Geo Tag Scavenger Hunt for Mom? Was this a one time favorite haunt for Mom so the family decided to celebrate her Birthday or Mother’s Day in the dense woods? Hmm? Was this where Mom came to, this place of solitude to end her life? Or was this where someone else decided to end Mom’s life? A shrine to Mom.

This is not your ordinary littering. This is someone marking a spot and leaving the markings behind in a manner that, for them, over rides the no-no in these parts of ‘defaming’ nature’s visuals. This is a flaming reminder to Mom amongst the earth tones of Fall.

Or perhaps you have a similar experience and know right away what this was about? Either way, a creepy little discovery of remembrance for someone unknown to us.

12
Nov
12

Cemetery History & The Forgottens

Interesting History of Chinese & ‘Insane Asylum’ Unmarked Graves

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Not a very exciting photo, this SW corner on the Lone Fir Cemetery. A hundred and some years ago, deceased Chinese residents were boated across the Willamette River and then carted up to this spot and buried in unmarked graves. Some records, few records were kept. Also, a nearby mental hospital disposed of some deceased ‘insane’ at this spot in unmarked graves. Years later, knowingly or unknowingly (seriously?) a two story building was built by Multnomah County atop this entire space. Some ten years ago, it was torn down. There was a rush to remove the remains before grave robbers raided the remains. At that time, I recall positioning security officers at this site over night to protect the graves. Now a garden like monument is in the offering to ‘honor’ the notorious spot/plots.




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