Hickory Bottom Cemetery, Woodbury In the summer of 2021, I made a stop in Woodbury to photograph the graves of three U.S. Civil War soldiers buried in the sacred grounds of the Hickory Bottom Cemetery. The cemetery, which was once a part of the Zion Reformed Church grounds, rests along Hickory Bottom Road, amid fields … Continue reading Unsolved: The Baby in the Box
The Brief Career of James Ritz
John Ritz rests beneath the worn stone on the left I had arrived at Altoona's Fairview Cemetery to remember two local baseball players who rest within the sacred grounds. On this journey I had been joined by Zech and Jen as we explored the region. We had parked at the top of the hillside, in … Continue reading The Brief Career of James Ritz
John Gochnaur: The Worst Shortstop Ever?
Grave of John Gochnaur, Fairview Cemetery, Altoona Of all the cemeteries I’ve ever been in, Altoona’s Fairview Cemetery was the one that definitely needed some help. From the moment I passed through the gates on Willow Avenue, I was shocked by the condition of the cemetery grounds. The hillside was marred by sunken graves, toppled … Continue reading John Gochnaur: The Worst Shortstop Ever?
The Strange Death of Vincent Hudson
Vincent Hudson, St. John's Cemetery, Altoona Driving slowly along Altoona’s First Avenue, we could see the grave of Vincent Hudson a short distance off the road, but that was the closest we could get to it from this street due to the iron fencing. Turning onto Tenth Street, I carefully maneuvered the vehicle through the … Continue reading The Strange Death of Vincent Hudson
Unsolved: The Murder of “Big Bill” Taylor
William "Big Bill" Taylor A heavy frost clung to the grass as I entered the sacred grounds of Charlottesville Cemetery. The small cemetery sits on the southern edge of Old Route 220, within a stone’s throw of Del Grosso’s Amusement Park, and I had to wonder how many people pass by it without realizing it … Continue reading Unsolved: The Murder of “Big Bill” Taylor
The Battle Of Frankstown
Memorial for the Battle of Frankstown, Altoona It was raining. The forecast had called for a cool, beautiful, sunny day but my trip to Altoona was cold, rainy and dreary. I was driving along Route 764, headed towards Duncansville, when the stone monument caught my attention. With traffic, I did not have time to stop, … Continue reading The Battle Of Frankstown