THERE’S BEEN RENEWED INTEREST in a landmark back home known as “Vampire’s Grave.”

No, there’s no vampire buried there (that I am aware), but the ornate wrought iron fence around the plot in a shaded, leaf-covered cemetery certainly lives up to the imagination.

Vampire’s grave is in the abandoned Pleasant Grove cemetery and the entire property is the frequent target of vandals, high school (and older) beer drinkers, and other malefactors.

It’s been that way for decades.

The place is crowded with graves, but the only one of significance is the small plot with the fencing. I don’t know the real story behind the body beneath the ground. The marker is long gone. Lost either to time, interference, or both.

But the place is the subject of lore in the immediate area and beyond.

So if you’ve heard of Vampire’s Grave, let’s see if any of these other landmarks are familiar.

-Thrill Hill

-the lost city of Berlin

-The Donut

-Tanyard Creek

-the Carbondale curve

-the Shoals

-Ellum Park

-the old church at Crystal Lake

I’m sure you can come up with a list of your own. Places near where you live or grew up.

Maybe we’ll explore each of these in other visits. I’ll try to remember to do that.

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