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The lady I spoke to at the Chamber of Commerce said if I was interested in historic sites, I should not miss a tour of the Jacksonville Cemetery. There are gravesites dating from the late 1800's Gold Rush period when settlers were still being killed by Indians - and vice versa.

The cemetery is located in a beautiful setting high on a hill overlooking Jacksonville. Huge old trees, mossy covered headstones, and there was absolutely no other living soul there during my extended visit.
A lot of the older headstones were broken and the way they were placed on the ground made them look even spookier than usual.

Dear Father
Died May 21, 1882
71 years, 1 mo., 13 days

Dear Mother
Died December 12, 1887
64 years, 8 mos.

"Sacred to the memory of
William Boddy & Sons
Murdered by the Modoc Indians
November 29, 1872"

Can you find the Red Breasted Robin in this picture?

When I got home that night, I looked on the forum to see what the "Fulltime Graduating Class of 2005" was up to, and saw the following motto posted on their website and thought "How appropriate to my day!"

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather sliding in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming, 'Wow, what a ride!'" - unknown

To see more pictures of this historic cemetery, check out my page at Inspiration's Journey.

Read the article I wrote about discovering life lessons in cemeteries at

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