I went on a research trip/vacation to Texas last week. It was research for my latest book project. As I’ve mentioned before I write novels as a side job. Despite the fact that this was a working vacation, I couldn’t help but drive into a cool looking cemetery when I happened upon one in Bandera, Texas. Located in Bandera County in Texas Hill country, Bandera claims that it is the Cowboy Capital of the World. So naturally when I pulled into the cemetery I was kinda hoping for some headstones in the shape of cowboy hats, boots or maybe even some horses. I was sadly disappointed.
The first thing you notice driving onto the cemetery is that there isn’t a spec of green grass to be seen. It’s all dead, but that isn’t surprising given the heat.
Bandera Cemetery, Bandera Texas
I did see some peculiar things in this my first Texas cemetery. Like this poor stone strangled out by a cactus bush! Don’t see this a whole lot in New England!
A prickly situation ….
Here was an interesting stone. From a distance I thought it was an odd-looking boulder, but upon closer inspection, it turns out it’s a headstone, but the stone says it’s from Maunalei Lanai Hawaii.
Here was a neat little enclosure. I’m still not sure if the chain is supposed to be purely decorative of it it’s supposed to serve a purpose. Still interesting though.
Here was an interesting juxtaposition between the rustic and refined.
I’d never seen this sort of half barrel over a plot before. Saw a bunch of them here though.
I’d never seen this where the main Surname stone for a plot rested on top of the stones naming the individuals in the plot. Saw this a few times as well.
Just thought I’d share these pictures from my vacation. It was interesting to see how similar and yet how different a cemetery in a different part of the country can be from what we’re so familiar with in New England.