As I continued my drive I saw several decorated bushes as well as memorial crosses. But as I approached the viewpoint at Sitgreaves Pass I came upon this scene. I met a guy who told me a bit about the area and was dropping off the ashes of his wife and grandpa. According to an online account, “Jackie Rowland, vice president of the Oatman Chamber of Commerce, said the grave markers actually are memorials to deceased people whose cremains are scattered at the site. Rowland says people have scattered ashes and erected memorials at the Black Mountains site for as long as she’s resided in the area. She said it’s not uncommon for friends of the deceased to hold quiet ceremonies, or folks throwing raucous “going-away parties” there. “We had one where there was a 21-gun salute,” she said.” There were also pet memorials in evidence. Interestingly the human remains vessels aren’t always buried either.
Note: I’m cautiously traveling during the COVID-19 and taking extra precautions, as well as following State and CDC guidelines limiting exposure to myself and others. When I stopped in Kingman to grab groceries, WiFi and fuel, I was reminded of current status. I like many others feel conflicted about the correct response.
- March 7-8, 2020