18 March 2014

Counting the Dead

Do you know how many dead people are buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery?

Trick question: They're all dead!

My father told me that joke when I was a child---every time we drove past a cemetery. I passed the chuckler on to my children and now to their children.

One day last week the clouds turned gray while we were driving toward the new bridge crossing the great Mississippi. The grandsons in car seats (3+ and 1+) were getting restless from the long ride. Where we can let them out for fresh air and room to explore? Bellefontaine Cemetery, of course.

I didn't know we had a couple of tomb robbers with us.
Looks like he needs help.
We'll never find them now.

A friend of mine gives tours of Bellefontaine Cemetery, and I've walked there with her a few times. Very impressive -- architecture, memorials, St. Louis history! Check it out online and plan to visit.

You can tell the joke as you pull in to the cemetery. Every time you visit.

Come across the new bridge from the east.


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