A Great Basin Cemetery (#52 Ancestors, #7)
Highway 50 passes through Dayton, Stagecoach, and Silver Springs in the western part of the state. Each town has a small cemetery. Desert Memorial Gardens is in Silver Springs.
I pass through on my way to my hometown and usually stop to enjoy the wide open spaces and the creativity of the memorials.
Cemetery guidelines call for a certain type of manufactured brick edging. There's little natural resources to work with. White rocks, brown rocks, and sand are standard decorations. And unlike many cemeteries, plastic flowers are allowed. A single spigot is the only water source. Feel free to take a load off on the wagon-wheel-themed bench.
Here's Roy William Franklin, "Beloved Son, Brother, Father, Uncle & Friend," with plastic daises and gold bowling pins knocked down like his last strike - his favorite sport and his final mark.
Nevadans are known for toting a special rock from a special place to a special grave.
Many Special Rocks!
- Side by Side in the Great Basin -
Desert Memorial Gardens is in the pink square.