May 29, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: A Mill Town Tombstone



I photographed this marker in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA.  It has what appears to me as some sort of machinery on top. I did a quick census search but could not find this man, was hoping to see his occupation.  My guess would be he worked in one of they many steel or possibly iron works mills which were booming during his life time in the city of Pittsburgh.  What struck me was the fact he or his family chose it for his tombstone.  The mills were dirty and dangerous places to work.  Maybe the family was thankful the mills provided a steady income.  Maybe he was an immigrant and the mills provided him a way to bring and raise his family in the US.  Whatever the reason I found it to be an unusual marker.

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