Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Secret Shopping Center Cemetery

In Louisville, near the corner of Breckenridge and Dutchmans Lane, directly behind Red Lobster and directly facing Books-A-Million, there is a large parking-lot island circled with dense hedges.

Many have parked here, driven past, walked by many times over the years and never stopped to notice that this square of hedges has a gate on one side. A gate that leads inside to a hidden cemetery.

What surprises me most is how visually interesting all of the graves are. In some cemeteries you could trudge for half an hour and still not find a stone with anything really worthy of being photographed, but here every marker has real character and attributes that make it special.

Although it seems moderately maintained, one of the stones has tipped over (apparently long long time ago) and no one ever saw fit to stand it back up. Now it's practically merged with the ground. The other stones are all in decent condition, although one is slightly askew from its base.

See it aerially on Google Maps here.


Larry F said...

Before moving to KY, I lived in the Dekalb, Illinois area. Behind the strip mall which houses, among other stores, Target, is a somewhat similar cemetery. As the development blocked access to the cemetery, the builder was required to put in sidewalks to the cemetery and the building owner is required by ordinance to "forever" maintain the cemetery. I always enjoy your blog!

Nicosia said...

You find the coolest stuff :)

The Atomic Rockhound said...

Since I live right around the corner, I'm going to check it out.

Clark Embree said...

I don't know much about it, but there is an old cemetery at the UPS WorldPort at the Louisville airport.,-85.733281&spn=0.001957,0.004828&t=h&z=18

I can't find anything about it on the internet though.