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CBWC: Prescott Cemetery’s Fences and Gates

Prescott Downtown Series

I just altered my title to meet Debbie Smyth’s 6-word title challenge. Don’t be like me and do it after the fact.

This week Cee’s topic is Fences and Gates.

Dan at No Facilities reminds us that gates are doors. So if you haven’t played in his wonderful challenge this week, here is the link to his challenge:

Be creative if you feel like it, and fun with this challenge this week. Remember your photos needs to be black and white, desaturated, sepia (brown tones) or selective color.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up.

Please note that Cee started a series of Tips from Cee page. She posted several tips for black and white you may want to check out.

Feel free to take new photos or dig through your archives.  The main object of this challenge is to have fun.


The paved road ended at Acker Park . We bounced through the gate called “LOOF” on a deep-gullied road which brought us through the trees to this tiny run-down cemetery in the middle of the city at the edge of nowhere.

We found graves dating back to the 1880s up to the 1960s or so in this cemetery,. I’ll be kind and say that possibly the caretakers haven’t caught up since the monsoons. In some of the more recent graves, families placed momentos inside the fences they erected around the plots.

Fences vary widely from the sturdy wrought iron fences to improvised wooden border fences. There were no CC&Rs or fencing guidelines in this facility.

In this photo you get the feeling you are in the middle of nowhere, but there is a freeway beyond the trees and once in a while we saw a car when we looked up. These fences were sturdy cement borders, in some cases 1-2 feet tall.

Solar lights created somewhat of a fencing around the border of this plot. The dark area in the center is turf, which kept down the weeds and highlighted all the decorations.

This final photo puts this section together highlighting their differences.


At the edge of the cemetery these lovely yellow flowers defied the unkept fence.

Do you enjoy going to cemeteries? We had a college writing assignment to visit an abandoned cemetery in Visalia. I can’t remember what I wrote, but it was a great assignment.

This month, since TreeSquares is over, I decided to participate in Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge – (FOTD).  Like Becky B, Cee offers us the freedom to post every day or when we feel like it.  I made the mistake of classifying my trees as flowers for about half the month last month. So this month – no trees. (maybe). Cee’s FOTD challenge accepts:

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  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries


  • I am so excited to announce that #WQWWC is hosted on September 1 by Yvette Prior on work and careers – her specialty.
  • August Story Chat Summary aired today for A Dress for a Princess. Thank you so much, Cathy for hosting August and September Story Chat. You won’t want to miss her posts as she introduces some new-to-us authors.

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  1. I post retrospectively on Challenges all too often, Marsha! Sometimes that just can’t be helped!!!! 🤣🤣🤣

    Love that you chose sepia and B&W to share your cemetery images – you created ambience and a definite graveyard vibe.

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      • Yes, I agree, there is a wonderful Greek Memorial Garden with a pond and waterfall commemorating 100 Greek Community in the area. One man died at 109 and I am intrigued by the Mausoleums of the Italians and Greeks. There is a wonderful view of the Ocean from the top of hte hill.

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        • That sounds lovely. My dad, who wasn’t Greek, and didn’t live a long time was buried in San Diego on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. Probably doesn’t make too much difference to the dead but it is interesting for the living. 🙂

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          • I don’t know much about the land they occupy, Andrew. I’m sure you know much more about that than I do. I had to look up arable land.


          • Yes,the dead occupying food bearing soil. Yet it wasn’t considered when cemeteries were in church yards rather than Necropoli. There is a huge one here occupying parts of several suburbs. Called Rookwood Necropolis and subdivided into Religion and denomination. With miniature churches and mosques.

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          • Again, this is new territory for me. I’m sure as the earth ages and more and more people fill it, there will have to be alternatives to the ways we think about burial.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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