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Alderson...4

A few hundred metres east, an old cemetery is a haunting reminder of dreams eagerly sought and then lost amidst desert sand.

Alderson Cemetery Alderson's abandoned pioneer cemetery
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Still and quiet. The only sounds that pass the cemetery are from the wind and the occasional driver going to and from a nearby oil refinery.
Less than a dozen graves remain
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Over the past five decades, many of the original graves have been moved to other cemeteries. Less than a dozen remain.
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Alderson's abandoned pioneer cemetery is about 150 metres east of the former townsite.
Tombstone towers over the horizon Barely standing tombstones
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An Alderson tombstone towers over the far horizon. The landscape in this part of southeastern Alberta is as flat and desolate as any section of the Canadian prairies.
Right: Some of the larger remaining tombstones at the cemetery are barely standing upright.
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Fence guards the pioneer cemetery Prairie grave marker
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One grave marker is nearly lost from advancing prairie grass.
Toppled tombstone
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Through neglect and the passages of time, some tombstones have toppled.
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A fence guards the pioneer cemetery.
For further information on Alderson, “Empire of Dust”, a 1987 book written by David C. Jones, a professor at the University of Calgary, is essential reading.