Friday, February 9, 2018

Retlaw Cemetery

This is a quick second part of my trip to the ghost town of Retlaw, AB. You'll pass the cemetery if you are driving to Retlaw from the south. I stopped here first before wandering around town. There is little building that was built as a replica of the church in Retlaw. Inside is a guest book and some information. From what I could see and looking around briefly, there are no recent burials. The last date I could find was in the 60's. I could be wrong but it would make sense as most of the people had left.

....and while they lie in peaceful sleep, their memory we shall always keep





Well, here is a cactus...it seems to be doing OK in this dry area.


Just across the road from the cemetery is this abandoned homestead.



26 comments:

  1. I love everything about that cemetery, great photos Jenn :) Sad about the homestead though, man oh man, I'd take that if it were the right price!

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    1. Thanks Rain, lots of buildings on that old farm, I didn't go any closer though, no trespassing signs all over.

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  2. So desolate looking even the cemetery doesn't seem crowded probably because it's very flat. I haven't seen a cemetery like this one before, it's unique. I like those old buildings and that wee replica of the church. Very nice photos, Jenn.

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    1. Hi Bill, lots of pioneer cemeteries like this one around. I think they must have set aside a big plot of land for future interments but then everyone moved away.

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  3. Someday, the cities may empty and the country refill.

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    1. Gorges, sounds like the plot to a futurist movie...I like it!

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    1. LOL, seeing any cactus here is weird.

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  5. It looks like you have found the middle of nowhere... but nowhere looks interesting.

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    1. Hi Andy...middle of nowhere is about right! I didn't vehicle or anything go by the whole time I was in this area.

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  6. Eerily beautiful! I am always fascinated with the flat landscape.

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    1. Thanks Marie, south from here you can see the Sweetgrass Hills of Montana, it's very pretty country.

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  7. There's nothing so forlorn as an old prairie cemetery.

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    1. So true .... I have bit of experience in this and sometimes felt the same. I believe that the people interned are near the homes and the land they loved .... They really wouldn't want to be anywhere else ...

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    2. So true Debra..and they are all over.

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    3. Hi Frank, I think you're right.

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    1. Hi William...it was so quiet! I grew in Calgary and never knew quiet like out here.

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  9. The cemetery is still used, although sporadically. I photographed many of the headstones and grave markers in December 2016 and noticed burials as recent as 2014.

    The little pincushion cactus in the photo is about twenty years old or more and blooms with very eye-catching bright pink flowers in late spring. Something to look forward to during this very snowy winter happening all around us. These cacti are hard to spot when they aren't blooming!

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    1. Thanks Michael, I wasn't sure.
      I just looked up that cactus...it is pretty!!

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  10. Beautifully respectful photos of this cemetery!
    I can almost feel the quiet & hear the prairie winds moan in grief over the deserted town.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Christine! It was just like that, no sounds except the wind.

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  11. Wonderful captures here Jenn. Was interesting to read in comments above that the cemetery has been used not so long ago, I can only imagine if someone had lived here and perhaps someone they loved was buried here, they would want to come back to be buried with them. Retlaw captured forever here, nice work!

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    1. Hi PDP, yes, I should correct that in my post, I didn't look closely enough I guess. I think you right, to be buried in the place you loved or with loved ones.

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  12. Great pictures! I love visiting old cemeteries like that. They're usually so pretty, and it's interesting to imagine what the people's lives were like.

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    1. Hi Danielle, I find my imagination gets carried away at these old places. I love finding them!

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