Vinegar Hill Cemetery, Galena, South Dakota.

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  1. John Backlund

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    While wandering around some remote Black Hills backroads on Saturday in the pickup, we stumbled across the Vinegar Hill Cemetery. It's relatively small, quite well kept, and dates back to the late 1870's.

    The road leading to it...
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    A link to an article about Sarah Campbell's life...
    https://www.sdpb.org/blogs/images-of-the-past/sarah-aunt-sally-campbell/

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    I like the "gone but not forgotten" inscription. Odds are, he's definitely forgotten. We all will be. Life goes on. Life is for the living. Galena is a great, interesting town.
     
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    This one is pretty interesting....

    Obviously the wooden marker is relatively recent, but it marks the original grave plot nonetheless...

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    Seriously humbling to read about Sarah Campbell's life. Sometimes feels like the more opportunities we are born with, the less we end up doing. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Old cemeteries can be very interesting moments in time that you can walk through. You can easily figure out who was wealthy and who were basic folk. The types of headstones and monuments, and their symbolism, can be a fascinating things to unravel.
     
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    nice bold text and dates...Most of our limestone stones are disenegrated by acid rain.
    out here.
     
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    Very interesting. My mom-in-law scours the old graveyards in Indiana eveytime she is up there...charting the family.
     
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    Out here, marble grave markers are barely legible after about 125 years of weathering, but the granite stones look like they could have been installed last week, after the same period of time.
     
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    A few years ago I stumbled across this makeshift marker out on the prairie north of Faith, SD...

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    The last photo has my rifle in it as a reference to the size. I asked the rancher about it and he told me that it is the original claim holder to that piece of land and the symbol was his brand for his cattle.
     
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    For many, there simply is no choice in life. I've lived on both sides of that fence. I was born in rural Alabama, and for years just lived like an animal would, I had no thought of a plan for life. I got up in the morning, ate when the opportunity presented itself, and thought little of my direction in life. For whatever reason, one day that all changed for me, and I began to learn to steer my ship on the sea of life. I think the world is inhabited by many people who mostly just take things as they come.
     
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    Just finished reading the epitaph of the David Galvin family, and it struck me how much tougher people in those times were than people are now. They went to strange, dangerous places when an opportunity, no matter how small or improbable, presented itself, and endured unspeakable hardships to try to make it come true.
     
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    Very cool, I like this stuff.
     
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    I have spent my share of time in cemeteries trying to locate the graves of ancestors. I just found my paternal great great great grandparents in a cemetery 2 miles from where I work.

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    I also found another set of paternal great great great grandparents about 12 miles away, although I have yet to visit the site.

    I use this website for locating ancestors:
    https://www.findagrave.com/

    Sometimes it’s very helpful, but at other times it’s inconclusive.
    But hey, it’s free!
     
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