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I visited my mother and brother in the Verde Valley Arizona in mid November to mid December of 2012 and was able to find time to visit and document the infamous and much forgotten an neglected Jerome Cemetery where the majority of the graves bore no name plates or information whatsoever.
This grave, my number 1 out of 54 was right inside the gate and was somewhat off kilter and very overtaken by some nasty looking cacti.
Off to the right you can see 2 very small graves of what likely are the final resting places of someone's children. In the later part of the 1800's and the early part of the 1900's times were tough and health care was near non existent.
Many deaths were caused by mine mishaps and fights for the adults, and sickness and disease for the young innocent children.
The grave overtaken by cacti bore no name plate as the majority of graves in the Jerome cemetery.
Time had overtaken this place, neglect was very sadly evident.
Most graves were surrounded by wrought iron fence and or iron pipe as evidence shows here.
I could not help but feel sadness at the neglect for this place and for the souls at rest brought here by some uknown reason(s).
19 November 2012
Also by Steven Schutz
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