Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Photo Essay: Argus Cemetery, Upon the Trona Centennial

You can't find much information about the Argus Cemetery online.



You can't find much information about Argus online...



...other than it's one of the unincorporated communities – along with Trona – that comprise the Searles Valley census area.



For the Trona Centennial celebration, the Argus Cemetery was opened to the public...



...tours welcome...



...graves marked with tiny potted silk flowers.



Many of its interred died in the 1950s...




...and many of their graves are marked with plastic letters, or names scraped into the stone.




Some rise above the ground...




...others are fenced-off.




Many of those lost in the Argus community were war veterans...




...memorialized in stone and metal and wood.






There are too many babies without first names...




...too many letters missing...




...and too few visitors.




Early on a Sunday morning...




...this is my church.




I don't know them...




...but these are my people.




I've never met them...




...but I remember them.




On Sunday morning, I spent a little time with them...




...before heading into Trona...




...to try to function amongst the living...




...and stepping away from the ghosts.


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Photo Essay: 100 Years of Trona