Monday, February 2, 2009

Paved In

While Wade Treat was researching the "Cemetery Safari" chapter for his upcoming book Weird Oklahoma, he came across an unusual burial site west of Tulsa that was entirely enclosed within a strip-mall parking lot. Once sacred ground, it's now a conspicuous patch of grass in a sea of asphalt, a quirky spectacle to the shoppers forced to drive around it on their way to Radio Shack.


Far from being and isolated situation, Mr. Treat found many cases of cemetery islands within parking lots.  This may bring up issues of reverence and obsolescence, but my question is which is the waste of space- the cemetery or the parking lot?  
For more photos and the stories behind these islands, visit Wesley Treat's Roadside Resort at

1 comment:

Bill said...

You would not think that would happen in Oklahoma; California, yes, but OK???

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