Paved The Cemetery And Put In A Parking Lot

Loren Rhoads:

It’s funny this story references the Golden Gate Bridge, since San Francisco demolished all its cemeteries in the 1940s and used the broken headstones to shore up Ocean Beach, the Marina, and Aquatic Park. Thanks to Regular New for sharing this story.

Originally posted on Regular New:

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The Betsy Ross Bridge in Philadelphia seems like any other. It doesn’t have the grace of the Golden Gate or the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, nor does it draw any acolytes wanting to make the trek across. The structure exists primarily to move people, and this it does well, helping connect Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Most commuters, however, are surely unaware of what the bridge’s foundation is actually built on: a cemetery.

Read the full article at The Atlantic Cities here.

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Photo: K. Scott Kreider

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About Loren Rhoads

I am the author of the essay collection Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, co-author of the novel As Above, So Below, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. Scribner published my favorite essays from Morbid Curiosity magazine as Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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