Sunday, June 4, 2017

Last Full Day at Texoma Shores RV Resort

Tomorrow we will be leaving here and driving to Belle Starr Corps of Engineers Park on Lake Eufaula.  Today was a good day. First there was church.

We worshipped this morning at Little City Baptist Church.  
We've been there before when we've stayed here.

This is where we stay, right on the shore of Lake Texoma.  Everything is so pretty and green right now, and the lake is pretty clear.  If only it hadn't rained most of the weekend, it would be perfect.

The rest of the day was spent at our campsite, eating, reading and napping.  
Tim didn't even go fishing.  Sometimes we just need to hang out and play with Charlie Chihuahua.

And, this is the cemetery we went to yesterday in Hugo.  It's Mount Olivet Cemetery, but one huge section is called Showmen's Rest.  It's where the circus people are buried.

Here's a few of the headstones we found:
(Don't forget, you can click on the photo to make it larger)

See the tigers at the top?

There were several Millers here.  
Guess this circus got the whole family involved.

They must have been big cat trainers.

 A circus wagon wheel?

"A TRIBUTE TO ALL SHOWMEN UNDER GOD'S BIGTOP"

 This one says "CONCESSIONS" 
"Circus, Fairs, Carnivals, Rodeos, Ice Shows, Street Corners" 
 "We have had the good life but the season ended"

 PLUNKETT FAMILY SHOW
AL G. KELLY MILLER BROS. CIRCUS
CARSON AND BARNES CIRCUS


 SWAIN'S COMEDIANS
PLUNKETT SHOWS
AL G. KELLEY-MILLER BROS. CIRCUS
CARSON AND BARNES CIRCUS


"GIVE LIFE THE BEST THAT'S IN YOU 
FOR IT'S ONLY A ONE NIGHT STAND
THERE ARE NO REPEAT PERFORMANCES
BROUGHT BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND"

ELEPHANT TRAINER
FOUNDER OF THE JOHN CARROLL'S 
SHOWMEN'S REST TRUST FUND



front

back
QUEEN OF THE BAREBACK RIDERS

(The lovely bareback riders in their beautiful costumes were always my favorites at the circus.  
What was your favorite?)


Click to enlarge - It's a sweet poem.

 "We actually live the life that most people only dream of"
SHOWMAN
CIRCUS*ELEPHANTS*SIDESHOW


Evidently, Herbert Weber became "The Great Huberto" under the big top.  
And when performing with his wife, they were "LOS LATINOS"

CIRCUS ANIMAL TRAINER
"OKIE"

 This one is so shiny.  I didn't notice that you can see my reflection in it until we had left the cemetery, and I was scrolling through the pictures!  Oops.

There was more information engraved on the top of this unusual bench headstone, 
but my picture was too blurred to read.




This was in the Circus section.  It's pretty, but kind of plain.
But look at the backside.
"I WOULD RATHER BE IN CALIFORNIA"
Well.  I've never been to California.  But I am very sure that Heaven is a much better place.  
I sincerely hope that she is there.  
(Am I weird because my first reaction to this was to laugh out loud?)


 There were also a lot of rodeo performers, ranchers and cowboys buried in other parts of the cemetery.

I don't keep up with rodeos much, despite being married to a man who used to ride bulls.  But I remember when World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost was killed.  He was only 26 years old.



MY FRIEND AND YOUR FRIEND
FRECKLES BROWN
HE WAS A SMALL MAN
BUT HE HAD A LARGE HAND
HE NEVER WALKED
BUT ALWAYS RAN
WHEN TRAVELING DOWN THE ROAD
HE ALWAYS CARRIED THE BIGGEST LOAD...
Click on the photo to enlarge and read the rest





But that's not all, folks!  Showmen and Cowboys weren't the only ones with cool headstones.  Here are some more interesting ones that I found:

A truck driver
"God Called Home His Ramblin' Man"

A railroad man

Even a golfer

There was one that I couldn't get close enough to for a good picture, but I really liked it.  It was a picture of a sewing machine, with the epitaph MOM WAS "SEW" SPECIAL.  Sweet remembrance.

Okay, enough of cemeteries for a day or two, anyway.

Good night, dear friends.  God bless.





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