We did something historically interesting yesterday ... The Mellette Foundation hosted walking tours of Mount Hope Cemetery where most of our founding citizens are buried. At their graves were actors dressed from that place in time, and they spoke of themselves and the city. Watertown was a booming place back then, as it is now too. Eastern South Dakota consisted of the most prolific farming country ever developed in America. Trains left here daily, pulling railroad cars loaded with corn, wheat, barley, oats and hops. They then headed for all around the US, and eventually most places around the world.
Watertown's firt hearse was on display. It carried the coffin of Governor Mellette, the last Governor of Dakota Territory and the first Governor of South Dakota. It also carried my abusive childhood dentist, Dr. Wiles. What a jerk!
I took this photo without realizing the headstones were even in the background. That's why I like it. I wasn't trying to do a number on you, or myself. One of the horses that pulled it is also buried at Mount Hope. He has a horse head headstone.
My sister, Wendy, who passed away suddenly two years ago, is buried there as well. It was great to do something fun regarding Mount Hope. My regular visits there are usually with a heavy heart, but yesterday was very different.