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I like to visit cemeteries when I travel — this is usually the first thing I do once I get some free time. I’ve been to Grand Marais before but have never checked out Poplar Grove Cemetery on Highway 61 until Thursday. That morning I went for a run on the bike path, my destination the cemetery, about a mile and a half from downtown.

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Loved this name:

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The day was cloudy and foggy, a little mild by Grand Marais standards with temps in the low 50s. Perfect November weather.

The storage shed, which I presumed had been used as a vault to hold spring burials:

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What about that epitaph, you say? Keep reading.

I like to call this one “Welcome.”

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The cemetery has such an eclectic mix of markers — some are old, some quite new. But it’s not too often I see something as rustic as this. People in Grand Marais like to do things their own way.

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Where’s that epitaph? It’s coming!

This one looks like something more common out East:

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This one even creeped me out a little. I half-expected a hand to come rising out of the dirt.

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And what you’ve been waiting for: the best epitaph ever:

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(All photos by author)

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