Hunting For History in the Cemeteries of Tacoma - 07/11/2011 Arcadia Publishing
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Cemeteries of Tacoma from local author Kris Anderson Reisinger. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by.
During the mid-19th century, coffins were built with a drawstring bell to serve as an alarm in case one had the misfortune of being buried alive. It is believed that several such coffins reside in Tacoma's cemeteries. Fortunately, there are no reports of bells ringing in the middle of the night.
Tacoma has numerous Victorian cemeteries that house renowned pioneers, like Thea Foss, Angelo Fawcett, and Brig. Gen. John W. Sprague, a hero of the Civil War who cofounded Tacoma and served as the city's first mayor. Several cemeteries are dying to tell their story and have not seen a visitor in over a century. Some have been abandoned completely, while others have been relocated numerous times. A number of graves that should have been moved are still in their original places. Tacoma residents will be astonished to learn the whereabouts of several unmarked graves, including some located along a very familiar piece of highway.
Highlights of Cemeteries of Tacoma:
• Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home
• Oakwood Hills Cemetery and Columbarium
• Tacoma Mausoleum, Home of Peace, Pauper’s Field
• Mountain View Memorial Park and Crematory
• Old Settlers Cemetery
• Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Old Rigney-Pioneer Cemetery
• Western State Hospital Historical Cemeteries
• Puyallup Tribal Cemetery
• Funeral homes
• Tools of the trade
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or
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