Mountain View Cemetery

The city cemetary

While I was visiting Vancouver B.C. my sister asked me to visit Mountain View Cemetery. Our Great Grandfather is buried there and she wanted me to take a photo of his grave for her genealogy records.

Interestingly, this cemetery is in Atlas Obscura. Why? Because it is the only cemetery in the entire city of Vancouver and it holds the remains of all of its former residents. It is huge. It takes up several city blocks.

I had the general whereabouts for my great grandfather’s grave but was completely overwhelmed by the vastness of this place. So I found the office and asked for help. The nice man typed in my G.G’s name and found his record. He then looked at a satellite view of the plot and said “It doesn’t look like he has a grave marker.” I decided to take my chances so I had him give me a map with directions. I found the spot but Office Dude was right. No grave marker to be found. I found myself a bit choked up at this discovery. He died in 1915 under mysterious circumstances and the lack of the grave marker adds to the mystery. After his death his family moved back home to Idaho. He has been buried here in this cemetery under a tree for 100 years. It made me a little sad that nobody visited his grave in all of those years.

You can read more about this on Blatherskite if you wish.

Camera: Zero 2000
Exposure time: 5 seconds
Film: Portra 160
Pinhole: 0.18mm
Focal Length: 25mm
ISO: 160
Aperture: f138
Dev: C-41 by Lab
Scan:Epson V500

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