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Rocky Hollow

So, my group was assigned to Rocky Hollow Cemetery, but, due to some scheduling conflicts, we all made our way there separately.  I ended up scrounging up a group of unlikely companions and making the journey.  The first thing I noticed about Rocky Hollow was the sheer disorganization and lack of upkeep.  Quite a few of the graves were just piles of dirt, yet a lot of them had very ornate and new headstones.  It was a bit odd to see those mixed in with unmarked or badly marked graves.

The first really interesting thing I saw was an oddly shaped and unmarked stone leaning against an old tree stump.  I’m still not entirely sure what it’s significance was.  It could have just been a badly marked grave or a random stone.  Another interesting marker was the one that actually claimed to mark an unknown man. There were also some Confederate veterans buried there.

The earliest known burial site at Rocky Hollow belonged to a soldier that was buried in 1865.  I wouldn’t have even found it without the Texas Historical Commission marker that named the cemetery itself.  The newest one was actually from 2010.  That was a very strange experience.  I think it was mentioned in an earlier post, but the grave looked very fresh, and the turned earth was mostly caliche.  It was just creepy.

Overall, this was a very cool, if very unnerving, cemetery.  Two of the three people with me enjoyed the excursion, but wanted to get out of the cemetery rather quickly.

Edit: Also, Mary L. Hattley lived to be 101. That’s hardcore. (see slideshow)

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  1. January 19, 2011 at 2:13 am

    If I might ask, what specifically unnerved you about the cemetery? The name Rocky Hollow sounds very interesting — does it describe the landscape well? Also, the grave marker signifying the burial of an unknown man seems particularly interesting and unnerving to me, especially given how often blacks antebellum were buried in mass or unmarked graves — so what could it mean that a man was buried simply as “unknown”? The gravestone looks fairly neat judging by your photograph, so perhaps it was simply that there was clearly someone buried there and the city thought to mark it but even then, why label it “man” instead of unknown “person,” and why not leave some larger marker explaining that there are perhaps other unknown persons buried in unknown locations throughout the site? — This is very interesting.

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