Thursday, 31 August 2017

Zion Cemetery of Many Islands

This mostly forgotten pioneer cemetery sits in the open
prairie northwest of Walsh, Alberta and east of the
Buffalo Trail.

There is no information available but considering the
time when the area was settled and styles of markers
used it looks like it dates back to about 1920.

The original glass and metal cemetery sign is shown in
the first photo.  A handful of the graves are identified
by cast concrete or metal and glass markers but most
were originally marked by wooden crosses, most of
which decayed many years ago.  I found the remains
of only one old cross on the ground as is shown in the
fifth photograph.  Someone must have noticed the
wooden crosses rotting away and had the foresight
to install metal markers, one of which is shown in
the sixth photo, at the head of those graves.

Although untended and lost in time it's nonetheless
a beautiful spot.    

Photographed on May 27, 2017 except
No.5 photographed on February 22, 2017.

cemetery, historical, abandoned, Walsh, Alberta

cemetery, historical, abandoned, Walsh, Alberta

cemetery, historical, abandoned, Walsh, Alberta

cemetery, historical, abandoned, Walsh, Alberta

cemetery, historical, abandoned, Walsh, Alberta

cemetery, historical, abandoned, Walsh, Alberta

cemetery, historical, abandoned, Walsh, Alberta

2 comments:

  1. Sad that it is untended. Glad you have documented it.

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Jenn. The fate of many of these little pioneer cemeteries is unsure at best.

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