Shrouded by a vast landscape that overflows with Creosote bushes, Mesquite trees and sand, exists a resting ground like no other. What began on federal land over 50 years ago, has turned into a three acre illegal pet cemetery that may just be the best final resting place ever created for our dearly departed furry [and not so furry] friends.
This is one of those places that I just happened to come across while searching Google images for my road trip through Nevada. These type of places are my favorite because there usually isn’t a lot of information about them, which makes it more exciting since they’re more off the beaten path.
Since this is an unsanctioned illegal pet cemetery, signs have been placed at the front of the gate warning people that pet burials are prohibited. Obviously these signs continue to be ignored since recent burials can be found throughout the 3-acre site.
Not sure if an actual flamingo was buried here or if they just wanted a cute, colorful headstone.
Do you believe in Magic?
The earliest graves, from the 50’s, are closest to the road and the ones that are encountered first. Grave sizes are about 6′ x 4′ rectangles with each one bordered by worn-out wooden fencing. The initial graves look to be the same size and arranged in a linear fashion, giving the viewer the impression that they were planning on expanding in a neat and orderly fashion.
At first I thought it said ‘Labrador’ not ‘Laborer’.
A lot of the grave markers have decayed, leaving pieces scattered throughout the surrounding area.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell where a grave begins or ends.
There are even pseudo celebrities buried here. According to a Wiki article, “Rin Tin Tin IV was being groomed to be the star of the 50’s series, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, but was replaced after a poor screen showing. However, this was done without the public knowing, and he was nominated for a PATSY Award in 1958 and 1959, all from the comfort of his Riverside, California home.”
Some grieve with the help of incense.
Rocks are used to keep the desert critters from digging them up.
The further you travel into this three-acre cemetery, the newer and more complex the graves become.
…and even turtles are among the many inhabitants here. Heck, even a fish named Spike II has a spot.
Wood & Bones
Was it a fat pet?
Beauty & the Beast
The dazzling decor of most graves demonstrate, beyond any doubt, that a lot of hard work had been put into constructing them and more importantly, that these pets were loved deeply.
As far as ghost lore is concerned, it appears to offer little in that regard. The only story found on the internet was a brief couple lines about the appearance of a ghost cat that follows one around at night.
A couple stories circulate the internet describing the cemetery’s possible origin. One states it was created in 1953 by Marwood Doud, a Boulder City veterinarian, who wanted a place to bury the pets of his clients. At least the dead ones that is. Another story attributes the founding to Emory Lockette, a federal government civil engineer, who also in 1953, began offering pet funeral services for a fee of fifty dollars. Perhaps the two stories merge at some point.
Whatever the case, the real reason this pet cemetery has no name is because it was placed on federal land and therefore built illegally. Hence, no official name was established. Years later in the late 90’s, Boulder City did indeed acquire the land but no decision has been made yet on what to do with it. Right now it remains abandoned and for the most part, lost in time. RIP Hooker.
A Family Affair
Mariah would approve.
Native American Pet Pride
Duke’s Bone. Happy hunting.