The Assumption Cemetery

The Assumption Cemetery, October 2013

The Assumption Cemetery, October 2013

Yesterday I posted about Silver Cliff Cemetery. Today, I’m posting about the sister cemetery up a little farther on that little dirt road, called The Assumption Cemetery. It’s a Catholic cemetery (and I’ve read Silver Cliff was a Protestant cemetery) and isn’t as old as Silver Cliff.  Most of the graves in Silver Cliff were 1800s, while in Assumption, there were many more contemporary graves.

Curiously, my wife and I noted a preponderance of “Franks” buried here.

That reminded me of the time my dad and I were staring down at my grandfather’s gravestone during my grandfather’s service, over 21 years ago. My grandfather was the “Sr.” of the “Jr.” and the “III” of us, but his gravestone did not have “Sr” on it. After the service I turned to my dad and remarked how that was our name on the gravestone. We both chuckled at how unreal it was attending our “own” funeral!

Anyway, since this was later in the day, I loved the long shadows that developed at Assumption; it reminded me of the Vincent Price film, House of the Long Shadows, I’d just watched the other night. It definitely added an extra bit of atmosphere to the place. And there are a couple shots I have that really turned out great, one a small tilted wooden cross and another of a wooden cross propped up by bricks that lent a particularly eerie (human?) shadow….

Note, I’ve attached links to my other cemetery posts, below. Take a tour!

So, without further ado, here is The Assumption Cemetery:

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9 Responses to “The Assumption Cemetery”


  1. 1 Wendy Brydge October 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Wow, those are some truly stunning photos, Frank. What a beautiful little cemetery, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. There’s a thousand things I’d like to say about the cemetery itself and the great, very professional looking photos you took, but honestly… the whole thing left me a little speechless. Such care was taken with the graves, and I love how there are clear family plots. Just wonderful. I’m jealous you got to go there!🙂

    • 2 fpdorchak October 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Wow, and why, THANK you, Wendy! I love photography! :-] It was getting a little harder, later in the day, with the developing shadows, to keep MY shadow out of pictures, so I had to “contort” a little during some shots….

      There are so many little cemeteries out there, it’s truly interesting to see how some of these cemeteries ARE taken care of, while others are not. There was a sign to the left of the Silver Cliff cemetery (and not Assumption) that stated to please be respectful while in there, I thought interesting. Maybe, perhaps, because of all the ghost hunters just blindly trampling around? Every time I visit cemeteries I make it a point to BE respectful, even if I don’t believe the same as those who maintain the graves and are still living and visit/watch over the place. I also wish any lingering spirits well…and pass on that they don’t need to linger there any longer if they don’t want to. I find these places very calming. I did love the blustering wind though!

      Also note, I just added a link to a post that had Custer’s Little Bighorn cemetery in it, in the related articles, at the bottom.

      Thanks for stopping by, Wendy!

  2. 3 blackcatpratt October 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Being a Catholic cemetery, I would guess many of the deceased were named after St. Francis…maybe? Thanks for the picture tours, Frank – love seeing cemeteries from across the nation!

    • 4 fpdorchak October 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thanks, Mandy! Yeah, I though of that: “”Frank’ is a good Catholic name!” I am named after St. Francis of Assisi, BTW, so, yes, that did come to mind! ;-]


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