Time travel as close as your local cemetery.

Sunday’s Cemetery 32

October 18, 2015 / by davidwalton

DSC06878xCemeteries. Every city has one. They are mysterious, historic, haunting and, to me, fascinating.  I developed a fondness for cemeteries as a boy.

Now whenever I’m out of town, I always make it a point to visit a cemetery.  To me, they are better than any mountain range, skyline or other popular tourist attraction.  They are hidden treasures containing a wealth of information about communities and the people who lived there.

Chances are you have visited a cemetery at some time in your life to pay your respects to a family member or friend, and perhaps you too appreciate the stories represented among the tombstones and monuments.

My travels take me to all over the South and Midwest – and sometimes further North – so I have decided to start documenting my cemetery visits with a series of photos in a Sunday feature.


One interesting observation I made was none of the headstones revealed the nuns’ ages. The only information listed was the date of death followed by R.I.P.

DSC06874x DSC06851x This week’s cemetery is Good Counsel Hill Cemetery in Mankato, MN. The three-acre cemetery is on the grounds of Loyola Catholic High School.

The cemetery is quite breath-taking, not only for the precisely placed granite stones which line a path leading to a large crucifix but also the sheer number of nuns who are buried here.

Although the cemetery officially opened in 1914, some of the Sisters Sisters of Notre Dame date back to 1872.

The peaceful, uniquely designed cemetery situation on the top of a huge hill is worth visiting if ever in the Mankato area.

Until next time….

One thought on “Sunday’s Cemetery 32

  1. It does look so peaceful and serene. Very interesting David.

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