Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Legend of the Blue Angel










I can't help it, I just have this fascination with cemeteries and mausoleums. This beautiful marble statue rest atop the tombs of one of the more notable families of our city and since the day is a gloomy, rainy sorta day, it seems fitting.

But this statue also holds a legend...it is said that if you gaze into the tomb on the eve of a full moon the lady will glow blue and you will be cursed for disturbing the dead...Well, such are the tales told by teenagers down through the annuls of history, but I can attest to the fact that she does glow blue. As the moon shines full in the evening sky, the blue stained glass window reflects on the white marble, giving an other-worldly appearance. Also, my daughter lives directly across the gully from this mausoleum and in the fall when the leaves are off the trees and it's a full moon, she can see a blue glow from the window of the mausoleum...well, let's say she is easily creeped out...a case of 'the willies' fer sure.


There is no history on the books of the curse being fulfilled, so we still go to the cemetery to gaze, albeit a little creeped out, of what might be and to scare the crap outta each other. This cemetery also sits high on a bluff and the family plots are on the edge of it, making the sunrise and sunsets beautiful from this vantage point over-looking the river valley. There is also a stairway at the bottom of the bluff leading all the way to the top of the cemetery...it is long and a real thigh-buster to walk, but has been closed due to deteriorating conditions and you will be reprimanded by 'the law' if you are caught climbing it...but that only instigates the challenge...ahhh, sweet youth. Well, they also vandalized the tomb and stole the hand holding the rose, hence the chain at the gates of the mausoleum.


But what a beautiful testament to the love of a family and the wealth of a forefather. One who gave history to a growing community in a difficult time, a lumber industry on the Mighty Mississippi.

11 comments:

timeworninteriors said...

The many faces of a NUT!
Theothertheresa

trash talk said...

Boy, with the background music, it does transport one to the netherworld. BTW, I love the word "gully". Haunting post. Tn'T

High Desert Diva said...

Beautiful, if eerie, place

summersundays-jw said...

Eerie indeed yet veeeery interesting. I love cemeteries too but only in the daytime. Love the pics! Jan

Shab-n-Chic said...

Fascinating!
I would love to see the blue glow for myself...and then run like hell! Ha!

willow said...

Beautiful. I would be terrified gazing at her in the dark at midnight!

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white o'morn cottage said...

Fascinating! I wonder who threw in the red flowers?

M.Kate said...

The cemeteries in the west are always such a peaceful place, even beautiful..but over here, its just downright eerie and no one visit them unless there's a need, and for the children...even a taboo to bring them.

paisley said...

i share that morbid fascination... tombs,, crypts, headstones... granite angels frozen in time...

silent beauty that has forever drawn me in.......

JUST ME said...

love, love, love, love this!

Actually we are looking at buying a home sometime soon and there is one that we found that is in our price range.... Behind the yard of this house is an old cemetary.... Can this possibly be our new home sometime soon? I don't mind the cemetary view from the rear of the house, but the hubby is freaking a tad.

Angelica