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Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 06:32 pm:

One of my favorite spots anywhere on the planet. When I have a little more time to write, there could be a chapter on Evergreen Cemetery. Our house is just up the road, around the corner. When the snow clears, I hope to return to my daily morning routine of running here with Casey, where we stop to do some warm-up exercises (getting ready for the Popeye Run this summer.) I see the headstones here so often, that many of them seem like old friends.

I can hardly wait for Spring.

By Judy Brown-Kurnik, Chesaning MI on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 07:11 pm:

Charlie, glad to see that someone else has a love for old cemetaries. They are very special places. Is the rounded headstone in the middle of the photo a military marker? Have hope...spring must arrive someday!!!

By dm on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 07:43 pm:

My great grandparents are resting here....Daniel and Ann Waara

By Donna on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 08:25 pm:

Cemeteries are so cool to wander around in. We do have some wonderful cemeteries around here too. Ahmeek's is probably the most creative. I hear there are old Jewish cemeteries around here too, but I haven't been to any. I did peek around in the Indian Cemetery near L'Anse, with the tiny structures built on top. Wonderful places, all.

By Tim, St. Clair Shores, MI on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 08:43 pm:

An interesting thing about the Evergreen Cemetery are the inscriptions on the headstones which depict the hard way of life in the Copper Country before the Civil War. So many of the headstones tell stories such as "Died in Cliff Mine accident, age 21, from Cornwall, England." If memory serves me right, one of the graves in there specifically references Cornwall, possibly the official home of the pasty. I travel to the Copper Country for its beauty, but it must have been a grim place to work and live with all of the mining fatalities in those early years.

By DAN BELO on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 08:45 pm:

the Ahmeek cemetary was the most interesting to me because they nicknamed my neighbor for one of the tombstones; PETE CALENDER { GOD REST HIS SOUL} they called the young lad POIT COILENDER' alias PAUL MAHLNER from NEW ALLOUEZ.There was a hammer & sicale on another tombstone right near the road, but now seems to have changed markings for obvious reasons?--I wanted to get a photo of it---but too late.

By ja, sterling heights, mi on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 09:08 pm:

Many of my family are resting at Pine Grove Cemetery in Eagle Harbor, including my dad. I often imagine what it must look like there in the winter. Any winter photos from that cemetery?

By Ken from da UP on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 11:13 pm:

I have been through the Evergreen Cemetary many times over the years. So quiet and peaceful and so many died so young. Is there a stone here that says, " ye ready also."? Or is it in the cemetary near Copper Harbor? Isn't there an old Indian cemetary on the other side of the road from here? Maybe back toward Phoenix?

By Yooper in Indiana on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 06:51 am:

My great grandparents are buried there, right inside the gate on the left, the Facuett's.

By Yooper in Indiana on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 06:52 am:

My great grandparents are buried there, right inside the gate on the left, the Faucett's. Sorry for the misspelled name!

By Northern Lights Lodge, Cadillac on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 07:55 am:

I've always been fascinated by 'old' cemetaries too... reading the stones leads one to ponder about those souls ... their lives ... their families ...

The epitaphs are so interesting sometimes so tragic and sometimes so humerous! I enjoy the unusual names also...

By DAN B. on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 08:32 am:


By Alicia, Mi. on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 08:49 am:

I have roamed many of the local cemeteries. The Schoolcraft in Calumet being one of them. One tombstone really got to me, a beautiful white marble one. It has a carved blanket with a lamb atop of it that reads, "Feed my Lambs", Gertrude and Georgie Shears, ages 1 year, 17 days and 11 months 23 days.Children of G.&W. Shears.How heartbreaking.
For a look at local cemeteries and their records check this site for the cemeteries link.

By Helen,MI on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 09:15 am:

The subject being cemeteries I must tell you about what I found on the genealogy site in Finland. There are some people who have undertaken the task of photographing the gravestones in a few communities. One of them happened to be from Eräjärvi, my fathers hometown.
There I found a picture of my grandmothers stone along with those of some uncles, aunts and cousins. I return to it every once in a while, almost like a visit.

By Northern Lights Lodge, Cadillac on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 09:28 am:

Helen, can you supply the website for the Finnish genealogy site and the gravestone pictures? Thank you. Leslie

By Alicia, Mi. on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 12:03 pm:

Here it is Helen, i am a long time member of the mailing list.
Also look for picture gallery on left side, look for Michigan, many have sumbitted photos here.
i have on of the Vanhainkoti Elders home from Lake View Cemetery.

By Northern Lights Lodge, Cadillac on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 05:00 pm:

thank you for the website address for the Finn's... it looks like a wonderful and interesting site. Leslie

By JBM ..Warren Mi. on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 08:41 pm:

This is one of my favorite cemeteries to walk in.It tells of the history of the area, the mine cave in, War, sickness, drownings. I could walk for hours just reading the head stones. It is also so peaceful there.

By molson,, twin cites mn. on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 11:38 pm:

I have an unique prespective on the cemetaries of the copper country. My Great-Grandfather and his brother. which is of course my Great uncle were the sexton and the Superintentant of the Lakeview Cementary in Calumet. I have black and white picture of one of them digging a grave in the middle of winter in 1901. I have lots of very old pictures of the Keeweenaw

ja in sterling hieghts mi. I don't have any pictures onf Eagle Harbor but I do know the cementary looked great after freshly fallen snow. I used to snowmobile through that area by Elisa lake

By Bob O'Brien, MI on Thursday, March 27, 2003 - 06:55 pm:

My Great Great Grandfather is burried in the Evergreen cemetery! He fought in the Civil War, and latter became the Lighthouse keeper in the Eagle River Lighthouse. I was at the cemetery some 22 yrs ago with my grandfather. My grandfather also took me up to Pheonix and showed me what was left of the house where he grew up. Spent alot of time hunting agates!

By Mary Ann, New Mexico on Sunday, November 9, 2003 - 02:16 pm:

My father and his parents (and siblings) moved to the U.P. from Finland sometime in the late 1870's or so. I'm doing some family history research and wonder if anyone knows how I could find the gravesite and tombstone inscription for my paternal grandfather and grandmother (Solomon and Amanda Rantanen) who, I am fairly certain, are buried in the Lakeview Cemetary in Calumet, Michigan? Any help you can offer would be MOST appreciated!

Mary Ann
(My e-mail address is:

By Jan, Michigan on Sunday, December 7, 2003 - 12:14 am:

Every time I go to the Keweenaw I visit Evergreen Cemetery. I love the epitaphs. On one visit, I left my truck and Yanni CD playing as I made a quick visit, and upon returning to the truck, a song called "One Man's Dream" was playing. I thought it very appropriate for the miners buried there. Another note - I am looking for locations of very old (oldest in Michigan?) grave sites. Any help?

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