An Afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery in Excelsior


The Oak Hill Cemetery was organized as a public cemetery during the 1850’s.  It sits on top of a hill facing the south side of Lake Minnetonka    Lake Minnetonka was a bustling vacation area in the late 1800’s and into the early 1900’s.

The first burial was in 1855, while the last was in the late 1960’s.There are three sections of the Oak Hill Cemetery.  The oldest part of the cemetery is section one; this is on the hill area.  This is somewhat a steep and quite dangerous hill in places.  The second section is to the east of section one.  The third section is to the west of sections one and two, on the flat section.   I have spent my time in only in the oldest section, on top of the hill.

Legend has it that some paranormal activity has gone on in this cemetery at night.  The Paranormal Research Society has done some studies in this very cemetery.  You may visit their website to view what that have found in this cemetery.

This is just a sampling of the photos I took this day.  Enjoy

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2013 Road trip out West across the USA … Great finds.


I was unable to enter the Ancient burial ground as it was surrounded by a barbed wired fence. Needless to say, It was cool just to be there, and I tried to zoom in as close as possible.  What I found interesting was, the Sierra Vista Cemetery is directly across the road from the burial ground.  Interesting because the Spanish ruling of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico began in 1598. Although they numbered to as many as 80,000 people at that time, were hostile to each other and were unable to unite in opposition to the Spanish.  Revolts against Spanish rule were frequent and the Spanish ruthlessly took issue. The Pueblos found themselves at the mercy of Spanish overlords, soldiers, priests, and their Mexican Indian allies.  Additionally, the Spanish suppressed the religious ceremonies of the Pueblo. Violence, forced labor, and European diseases reduced the Pueblo population to about 15,000 by the late 17th century.   More to come on the Sierra Vista Cemetery. 

HISTORY of the Tewa

Old Indian burial ground

The Tewa, they were also known as ‘Tano’ are a linguistic group of Pueblo American Indians who speak the Tewa language and also share in the Pueblo culture. The made their home near the Rio Grande of New Mexico.

The Arizona Tewa descendants of those who fled the Second Pueblo Revolt of 1680-1692, live mostly on the Hopi Reservation.

The Pueblo Indians were able to successfully revolt against Spanish colonization in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, which cast out the Spanish for 12 years. The Tewa religious leader, along with a number of other Pueblo leaders, planned and orchestrated the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. The code for the action was a knotted rope sent by runner to each pueblo; the number of knots signified the number of days to wait before beginning the uprising. It began on August 10, 1680; by August 21, Santa Fe fell to 2,500 warriors. The revolt cost 400 Spanish lives, including 21 of the 33 priests in New Mexico.

On September 22, 2005, a statue of Popé, the leader of the Pueblo Revolt, was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. The statue was the second one from the state of New Mexico and the 100th and last to be added to the Statuary Hall collection. It is the only statue in the collection created by a Native American, in this case, Cliff Fragua, a Puebloan from Jemez Pueblo.

Tanoan is one of five languages spoken by the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

Villages in New Mexico still occupied by the Tewa Indians;
> Nambe, about 16 miles north of Santa Fe.
> San Juan, near the eastern bank of the Rio Grande 25 miles northwest.
> Tesuque, 8 miles north of Santa Fe.
> San Ildefonso, near the eastern bank of the Rio Grande, about 18 miles northwest
of Santa Fe.
> Hano, the easternmost pueblo of Tusayan, Arizona.
> Santa Clara, on the western bank of the Rio Grande, about 30 miles above Santa.

Tewa, Tiwa, Jemezbelong, Pecos, and Pico people have now merged to be the Kiowa-Tanoan.                     “Tiwa song Traditional harvesting dance”

****** Research included visiting the site, speaking to local people in Taos, NM, genealogy sites and other sources.  *If any corrections are needed, please let me know.

A red phone booth in Gibraltar- A British icon…

ImageThese traditional British red telephone kiosks can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, and in current or former British colonies around the world. The color red was chosen to make them easy to spot.

In the town of Newark, Nottinghamshire, there is a graveyard. But this is no ordinary resting place for the dead. This is a graveyard of decommissioned BT phone boxes.  These Red Kiosks were designed in 1935 for King George V’s Silver Jubilee, for a mere price of 1,950 Euros.

Oh…the things you see on the open road!

At the beginning of April, I took a road trip.  All by myself.  I enjoyed the peace and the beauty of the wide open country.  I specifically took back roads and some less traveled roads.  I did get lost a few times, but thankfully, I have a Garmin AND and iPhone!  Those 2 tiny and very expensive things, saved my behind.

I stumbled upon so many wonderful things.  Many cemeteries, abandoned barns,  old signs, churches and buildings.  There were so many things that I could have stopped to photograph, but there is only so much daylight, and I was traveling alone.

Day one; I went from Dallas, Texas through the tip of the Ozarks and stayed the night in Jefferson City, MO.  Which, by the way, is a very cool town.  Experiencing it at 7:00 am when the town is fast asleep is truly wonderful!

Day 2; I traveled through MO onto the 63N.  I traveled though Bloomfield, Iowa (what a darling town) and headed west on the 34.

I have posted only a few different buildings and an old sign, but they just had so much….life, that I couldn’t help but get several angles.

Enjoy, Cathy


Some of these photos were taken on west 34, between Bloomfield, Iowa and Clarion, Iowa. Abandoned Barn Abandoned Barn Abandoned Barn Highway 34, west of Bloomberg Iowa Abandoned Barn Abandoned Barn

Pretty creepy, I did not want to get any closer.

Pretty creepy, I did not want to get any closer.

Georgetown, iowa

I am guessing by the looks of things, that this is a non-working barn....

I am guessing by the looks of things, that this is a non-working barn….

Abandoned Barn Frank's Gas, Georgetown, Iowa Frank's Gas Sigh-Abandoned Old Gas sign in Georgetown, Iowa Georgetoen, IowaI do believe this is abandoned, Georgetown, Iowa