Thursday, February 18, 2016

2015-12-10: The Tale of Two Cemeteries in Tyler County Texas

Since the town of Jasper doesn't have a whole lot of Geocaches, I now have to drive a little ways to continue my daily streak of Geocaching finds. So I drove a few miles west on US-190 into Tyler County, Texas. Today was a "Tale of Two Cemeteries."

The first cache was located at the Lazenby/Segrest Cemetery (GC649AB). It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Dating back to the 1800's, this place has seen better times. Not only is it a little overgrown, but what you don't see in the photo is that a tree had fallen over behind me and wiped out a corner section of the fencing and one headstone. Then you also have the killer ant mounds, more like ant resorts, outside the fence in the parking area. That red mound you see is probably 2 feet high in the center! I'd say the bones have been picked clean!

From there and not too far away, you have the Pedigo Family Cemetery (GC23B94). Abram B. and Julia Pedigo came to Texas in 1857. With their eleven children, they established a plantation near this site in the 1880’s. In addition to farming, the family operated a grist mill, cotton gin, and sugar mill. All but one of A.B. and Julia Pedigo’s children are buried in the family graveyard. A native rock chapel, built in the cemetery by their children was dedicated to these area pioneers in 1938.

What a contrast between two different cemeteries not very far apart. The things you find and see while Geocaching.

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