A MONUMENTAL ERA
MOSAIC OF AMERICAN CULTURE
The 19th and early 20th century
paid tribute to their great contributors
in cemeteries and mausoleums,
with carved marble, limestone and statuary.
In St. Louis, that final resting place for
local notables was Bellefontaine Cemetery,
with its grandiose graves for
explorers, civil war generals, beer barons,
poets, authors, steamboat captains,
even one Madam.
A tour of this famous cemetery is a
history lesson for the era
and an exhibit of extravagant
architecture and masonry.
No matter the scale or expense taken
for these grand grave markers,
the elements take their toll on the
exposed stone . . .
be it lichen, moss or rain through the ages.
Our contributions will leave their mark,
but our names and monuments
will be washed away with time.