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A Visit to Long Creek Cemetary August 8, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in History, Louisa County, People.
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Long Creek Cemetary

There are many small cemeteries scattered around Louisa County. Some of them are very old. Sunday afternoon my wife and I paid a visit to Long Creek Cemetery. It’s located off 105th St., about a mile east of X61. To get to it you have to drive a grass lane that skirts a cornfield.

It was interesting to walk among the stones and see who was buried there and when. Many of the stones dated back to the mid-1800’s when Louisa County and the city of Wapello were just getting organized. (Wapello was incorporated in 1858). Several of the stones appeared to have been home made, others were quite expensive.

A small fenced grave site held the remains of two children from the same family. They had died within a year of each other–a reminder of how frequently children died then. I didn’t do a detailed survey, but many of the other graves also held children.

Many of the family names, such as Williams and Odle, are still well known in Wapello and the surrounding area. Others have been long forgotten.

Here are some more pictures of Long Creek Cemetery

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