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Pioneer Cemeteries

Sculpture Gardens of the Old West

Pioneer Cemeteries by Annette Stott
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As pioneers attempted to settle and civilize the “Wild West,” cemeteries became important cultural centers. Filled with carved wooden headboards, inscribed local stones, and Italian marble statues, cemeteries functioned as symbols of stability and progress toward a European-inspired vision of Manifest Destiny. As repositories of art and history, these pioneer cemeteries tell the story of communities and visual culture emerging together within the developing landscape of the Old West.
University of Nebraska Press; November 2008
405 pages; ISBN 9780803218673
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Title: Pioneer Cemeteries
Author: Annette Stott