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Happy Halloween

To commemorate Halloween, I wanted to revisit two monuments that I have written about earlier. The monument above, sculpted by Lorado Taft, one of the premier sculptors of his day, was created to honor Dexter Graves, an early Chicago pioneer.  The bronze figure … Continue reading

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A Pioneer

Inscription at the base of the monument: THE ATLAS AS SHOWN HERE, IS TO THE EXACT SCALE OF THE ORIGINAL MISSILE THE PIONEER ATLAS (INTO ORBIT WITH 122-POUND PAY LOAD, DECEMBER 18, 1958)  Inscription on the back of the monument: … Continue reading

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Now I lay me down to sleep

HATTIE A. BURR DAUGHTER OF HENRY A. & HARRIET A. BURR BORN NOVEMBER 9TH 1851. DIED MARCH 3RD 1860.   WE KNOW THAT GOD HAS BUT RECALLED THE GEM THAT HE HAS GIVEN; AND THOUGH THE CASKET MOULDER HERE THE … Continue reading

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Scipio’s Tomb, Classical Exemplar

Many ancient classical designs are replicated in modern graveyards, often in grand neoclassical mausoleums based on the designs of Greek and Roman temples.  Less extravagant examples can be found, too. For example, the sarcophagus of Alexander Moseley in the Mount Auburn … Continue reading

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Tomorrow for you

HODIE NIHI CRAS TIBI CHRISTIAN WIFE TO RICHARD MORE AGED 60 YEARS DEC’D MARCH YE 18 1676 Two things strike me immediately about this gravestone in Burying Point, the first place set aside in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1637, for burials.  … Continue reading

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Italian Model or Angel?

There is a story about “the girl in the shadow box”. It is an ancient story told and re-told of unrequited love that is also told about this statue. According to local St. Louis lore, the Herman Luyties’ (1871-1921) Monument in … Continue reading

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In the Dog House

Dogs have been kept as pets since a pharaoh ruled Egypt, where they were kept in mud brick kennels. Their digs over the years evolved and, for the most part, our dogs either live inside our homes with us, or outside … Continue reading

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