not all those who wander are lost

The Eloise Cemetery in Westland, Wayne County.

The cemetery is framed by pine trees. It is unmarked, has no signage – other than “no trespassing”. Back in the late 90’s, a woman traveled from Europe to visit the grave of a loved one who died at Eloise. Much to her shock and Wayne County’s embarrassment, she found no cemetery, just this abandoned field with not so much as a sign to mark the 7,000 humans who were laid to their final rest here. Before 1998 Wayne County had no idea this was even a cemetery.

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On one grave, an overturned chunk of sod bears a root imprint of the numbers on the grave marker.

Over near the railroad tracks is a bridge from the old complex, dated 1927.

The Kay Beard building and the powerstation smokestack.

I suspect that these structures are not long for this world. The smokestack is rapidly degenerating and simply must be torn down. Wayne County already has “for sale” signage up on the property, so eventually the real estate values will overwhelm any historic importance of the remaining buildings.

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