Why Cemetery Restoration Is Needed
"Who hasn't passed by an old cemetery with its sorry, leaning and flattened monuments and felt a sadness or melancholy? Maybe an urge to go try and set them upright? Perhaps you've never thought about why the monuments were leaning or even noticed that the ground appears wavy. What you see is a result of the wooden caskets that have been used until recent times. When the wood casket deteriorates and collapses, the gound sinks in that area, causing the monument to lean and the ground to flow unevenly. But even with modern vaults, which do not collapse, the ground still moves some, being affected by drought, freeze/thaw cycles, and torrential rains."
Pictures of Hilltown Cemetery
in Appanoose County, Iowa
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