The book opens by saying visitors to Galveston don’t understand that what appears to be one cemetery running for blocks along Broadway is really seven cemeteries. Then in goes on to scramble all the cemeteries together, sorting their permanent residents into chapters on soldiers, businessmen, and politicians. Without an index, the only way to discover who is buried in, say, the Old City Cemetery — the original pioneer cemetery — is to look at the two-letter code beneath each photo. It’s possible, but needlessly complicated.
The glorious cover photo is the best image in the book. Although there are some lovely monuments included inside, the images tend toward photos of the deceased. It would be immensely helpful if you’re interested in historical portraits, but you know that’s not my primary focus. I could always do with more cemetery photographs.
The information in the final chapter about the restoration work being done at the cemeteries was cheering. It made a great ending to the book.
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