Scofield cemetery

Scofield, Utah, is about 100 miles south and east of Salt Lake City and has come to be referred to as something of a ghost town.  This cemetery is the final resting place for, among others, 200 miners who lost their lives on May 1, 1900, in what was, at the time, the worst mining disaster in the history of the United States.  You can click here to read one of the many articles that a quick Google search will reveal.  Of the headstones and grave markers visible in this photo, the five similar, wooden ones are for some of the miners.  They appear to have been replaced/renewed at some time, as most of the wooden markers are in too good of a condition to have weathered 112 Utah summers and winters.

Scofield Utah cemetery


21 responses

  1. A poignant image of a graveyard that appears to be all but forgotten. What a shame that is.

    September 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    • I’ve found other cemeteries in similar condition, Andy…maybe it’s a “western” thing….

      September 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

  2. A fitting tribute to a cemetery in a ghost town. It looks like a very peaceful place. Any thoughts of revisiting it this Friday (the 13th) or on Halloween?

    September 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    • It seemed rather peaceful out there, Gary…and it’s a bit far for a Halloween jaunt…and I don’t think they’d be passing-out much candy for the little ones, either….. 😉

      September 20, 2013 at 6:54 am

  3. Liana

    wayyyyy cool and ghosty

    September 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  4. I’d like to see a wooden marker-I’ve never seen one.

    September 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    • There were quite a few of them out here….

      September 20, 2013 at 6:55 am

  5. This is a wonderful image. I like the colors and editing very much. And the flowers soften the feel, don’t they! Just a nice place for these folks to have been buried, I think.

    September 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    • Thank you, George…it struck me as a very nice place for a cemetery…up on the hillside with a pleasant view of the rolling hills and countryside.

      September 20, 2013 at 6:58 am

  6. LB

    So glad you included the link. What a terrible tragedy that mining accident was …. the photo, which is great, almost makes it not seem possible

    September 10, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    • It’s incredible how the passing of time can make it seem that things couldn’t possibly have happened…the calm of the present being in such stark contrast to the horror and sorrow that lived and breathed on this hillside that hundred-some years ago…. Thank you, LB.

      September 22, 2013 at 7:31 am

  7. smackedpentax

    very poignant and very sad

    September 11, 2013 at 1:25 am

  8. A shame to see a cemetery deserted like this Scott but it makes for a superb photo.

    September 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    • I’m torn in my thoughts on how we should maintain cemeteries, Adrian…I agree that we might/should (?) do more to preserve the markers of lives lived, but at the same time, feel that it’s appropriate, somehow, to let them fade away. There is a monument near the entrance to the cemetery that is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the mine….. It seems to be fairly new…maybe it was erected to commemorate the centennial of the disaster…the same time that the newer markers were placed at the graves…but I’m not sure…that’s just the way it looked to me.

      September 22, 2013 at 7:38 am

  9. Nice image of an amazing cemetery

    September 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • Thank you, Yvonne.

      September 22, 2013 at 7:41 am

  10. I immediately thought “poignant” and noticed that was the first comment! I guess if upkeep means mowing, I’m against it. If it means propping headstones back up once in awhile and working against vandalism, it’s good. What a spectacular setting for these graves!

    September 16, 2013 at 11:53 am

    • It is a very striking place, evocative…and yes, poignant, too. I wonder what it looks like on the first of May…how green with the waking Spring…or how snow-covered it might still be….

      September 22, 2013 at 7:45 am

  11. Kate

    I walked through this graveyard around 2003. What impressed me at the time is that most of the graves were of the miners who had died in the disaster but there were local people buried there as well in family plots. A lot of the original grave markers were made of wood and very weathered and hard to read. But they had started to make duplicate wooden markers for all the Miners’ grave sites. And someone had taken the time to go around and leave plastic flowers on each grave. Someone cared. The other thing that really hit me was in a family plot where a young man was buried. Strangest gravestone I had ever seen in my life. It had bottles engraved on it along with two guns pointed at each other. Very sad to see. Wish I knew the story behind it.

    May 22, 2019 at 7:32 pm

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