Saturday, June 27, 2020

Zion Cemetery of Many Islands

This mostly forgotten pioneer cemetery sits in the open prairie northwest of Walsh, Alberta.  I couldn't find any written information about the cemetery but considering the time when the area was settled and styles of grave markers it looks like it dates back to about 1920.

The original glass and metal cemetery sign is shown in the first photo.  A handful of the graves are identified by cast concrete or metal and glass markers but most were originally marked by wooden crosses which decayed many years ago.  Someone must have noticed the wooden crosses rotting away and had the foresight to install metal pins, one of which is shown in the second last photo, at the head of those graves.

Although untended and lost in time it's still a beautiful spot.     

Photographed on May 27, 2017.


  1. Shame that no one is looking after it, but the way it is has a beauty all its own.

    1. Such is the case for many of the pioneer cemeteries in the area.