Little Sioux Cemetery in Siouxland, Smithland

26 Aug

Of the various places I visit when out driving around in Siouxland, are cemeteries. I like to pay my respects to those who have gone before me, as well as see how old some of the grave markers are within the cemetery. Some small communities in the Siouxland area, like Smithland, as well as the larger ones, have former residents who died in the middle and late 1800’s. Pretty amazing that a century or so have passed since these people possibly walked the ground I am trudging over during my visit.

This particular cemetery had a marble mausoleum that was built in the late 1800’s by a local doctor. Marble by today’s standards is not cheap. But I can not imagine the cost of this purchase then. So I would guess the doctor had a thriving business through which he could afford the memorial site for his family. Many of these small cemeteries are located on the outskirts of their communities, overlooking the area from a hilltop giving an eternal view that the current residents probably had witnessed themselves. Time passes, but some things never change.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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