How to Tell Tombstones Apart
Granite Gravestones: Granite is a very strong mineral used to
graves since about the turn of the [20th] century when stone carvers
developed tools to carve the lettering. It holds a polish well and generally
will have multi-colored grains.
Marble Gravestones: Marble was used for most early grave
markers. It is
generally white or blue-gray and often shows veining. Because it is a soft
mineral, early stone carvers often included beautiful artwork on their
marble grave monuments.
White Bronze Markers: These monuments look to be a gray-green
often surprise folks when they realize they are metal (zinc). If you are in
doubt about whether you are looking at a metal marker, tap it lightly. White
bronze monuments are hollow.
Wooden Markers: Early pioneers and settlers sometimes marked
wooden crosses or slabs. Some contemporary graves are also marked this way.
Old wooden markers are hard to find and harder to read.
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