Yesterday (day #8 of our trip) Lisa, my mom, her husband, and I drove about a half-hour west of town to the Freeland Cemetery. Mom had noticed that I have an interest in old-timey cemeteries, so she thought it would be fun to go see a frontier version.
Right around lunchtime, Barry Horn stopped by to show us some of the photographs he made there earlier in the month. When he was done, I felt like I had already been there but was still really excited to see it.
While the names and headstone imagery may be rather different than what you see out our way, this little cemetery out in the middle of nowhere had all the originality and charm that I’ve come to love about how the living memorialize the dead.
What’s interesting to me is that the bodies aren’t so much buried as covered. (And some people have decided that “being laid to rest under the sod” allows for the use of Astro-Turf if real grass doesn’t grow well.) But the tributes to individuality — which I think is a hallmark of Wyoming — really impressed me.
As usual, here are some photographs of the markers and memorial “plaques.” Some of the more unusual names follow.
Doris C. Clark (♀ 1916-2006)
Oh, put my spurs upon my breast,
My rope and saddle tree,
And while the boys lay me to rest,
Go turn my horses free.
Jim L. Nall (♂ 1937-2004)
If tears could build a stairway
And memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to heaven
And bring you home again.
- Izetta G. Clark (♀ 1908-1973)
- Homer R. Clark (♂ 1909-1973)
- Diller W. O’Brien (♂ 1873-1949)
- Hattie P. Clark (♀ 1875-1948)
- Rollin A. Clark (♂ 1870-1952)
- Cordelia M. Cheney (♀ 1834-1906) 
- Baby Towne (no date)
- Mary Trollope (♀ nd)
- Lillie Trollope (♀ nd)
- Emery Crouse (♂ 1902-1970)
 — Still-Vice-President Dick Cheney grew up in Natrona County and nominally still resides in Wyoming. We went to the same high school (separated by about 40 years, of course). The football field was renamed in his honor sometime after 2001.