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Whiskeytown Cemetery: Alive With Memories & Personalities

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By Robert Rock

Wife Margrid and I recently heard from Luke Lucas (local artist) about an unusual cemetery out in the woods from Whiskeytown, about 15 minutes from our house.

We went last Sunday to see what the fuss was all about, and found the most unusual display we’ve ever seen.

Unusual people live in these hills, and apparently they share a common interest in constantly gussying up their grave sites on a regular basis. Some of the graves even have permanent benches erected at the foot of the grave so you can sit, drink a beer with friends, and celebrate the life of the lost one. There are no holds barred of what you can place on a grave, including the deceased’s favorite potato chips, cocktails, toys, etc.

We highly recommend a Sunday afternoon jaunt to enjoy the country-side and this one-of-a-kind community effort.

To get there, enter the Whiskeytown Lake Park , off Highway 299 west, and when you get to the bridge over the lake, continue straight ahead (rather than cross the bridge).

After a few miles you’ll see the cemetery in clear view on the left.

When you get to the baby’s butt (see photo), notice a tiny solar panel on the back of the neck. This is connected by a wire to the outreached hand (see shadow) which holds a small lantern that lights up all night long, every night. What a unique idea!

Robert Rock moved to Redding from Santa Rosa in 2000, soon found the local Writers Forum, and became its President for four years. Was a former Technical Writer for McDonnell Aircraft Corp., published environmental engineering articles as a professional engineer, public interest articles for newspapers and periodicals, and a book of short stories which covers the 1920s to 2001, including WW II. Is presently secretary of the local Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and assists students at the Good News Rescue Mission in earning their GEDs.

Robert Rock

Robert Rock moved to Redding from Santa Rosa in 2000, soon found the local Writers Forum, and became its President for four years. Was a former Technical Writer for McDonnell Aircraft Corp., published environmental engineering articles as a professional engineer, public interest articles for newspapers and periodicals, and a book of short stories which covers the 1920s to 2001, including WW II. Is presently secretary of the local Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and assists students at the Good News Rescue Mission in earning their GEDs.

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