Bowling Green and Augusta Cemetery

We started out today at the Pike County Historical Society in Bowling Green, Missouri.  We didn’t have a lot of luck there, but the ladies in there were so helpful.  We went to Walmart where I saw something that I had never seen before.  Amish parking stalls!

Parking stall for horse and buggy

Waiting patiently for his owners to return

It was so fun to see the horse and buggies there.  We saw some young Amish families too.  There was a young couple with a little boy and girl that I would have loved to take a picture of, but I didn’t want to be rude.  I have a lot of respect for the Amish and their lifestyle.  Here is a couple of pictures of the horse and buggies.  After we left Bowling Green, we headed down to Audrain County to their historical society.  They had closed for the day, so we decided to go to Augusta Cemetery where my great grandparents are buried.  We had been there before, so we knew that many of the gravestones were in bad shape.  So, we stopped at a store and bought chalk to rub over the stones so that we could read them.  We got to the cemetery, and the noise from the cicadas was loud!  Cicadas, I understand, only get bad once every thirteen years.  Well, this was the year!  We spent over three hours in the hot muggy weather, chalking and photographing the gravestones there.  So many were so bad that you couldn’t even read them.  But when David put the chalk on them it was magical!  Here are the headstones of my great grandparents that we didn’t even know were there last year.

John K. Payton

Nancy wife of J. K. Payton

Each one was like we were opening a package to see who was in it.  We felt good about what we accomplished today.  We are now at a motel near the airport ready to fly home in the morning.


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