Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio

Designed by Architect Howard Daniels and established in 1848, Green Lawn Cemetery, at 1000 Greenlawn Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, is a historic private rural cemetery. Its meandering roads wander 360 acres, where over 155,000 are interred, including Samuel Bush, grandfather of President George H.W. Bush and great-grandfather of President George W. Bush, and World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker.

Hayden Mausoleum

The Hayden mausoleum is a centerpiece of Green Lawn Cemetery. It was designed by Ohio architect Frank Packard and built at a modern-day cost of approximately $2.5 million. Built for banker Charles H. Hayden (1837-1920) and his family, it is made from granite and white marble, and its interior sarcophagi were made in Italy. It is truly impressive.

The Fisherman

I love this bronze statue of an old fisherman, erected in the memory of Emil Ambos (1844-1898). Emil was the son of Peter Ambos, a talented German confectioner who became a wealthy banker and industrialist. The statue used to be holding two fish, but apparently both have been stolen.

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Pine Cleaners Inc. Warehouse

Pine Cleaners Inc.
Pine Cleaners Inc. at 237 Franklin Street in Watertown, New York. Established in 1989. Not sure if it’s still in operation – building looks abandoned. I experimented with a long exposure time for this night photo, at ISO 80 and a shutter speed of 5 seconds. This allowed my camera to capture rich color and detail with virtually no noise.

For Every Leaf that Falls

For Every Leaf That Falls
Memorial to Maj. Gen. Edwin Vose “Bull” Sumner (1797-1863) in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.
Sumner was born in Boston and became the oldest Union general in the American Civil War. He commanded the II Corps in the Army of the Potomac and fought at several major battles, including Antietam and Fredericksburg, and earned the nickname “bull” because of a legend that a bullet bounced off his head. He died of illness in Syracuse, NY in 1863.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.

Sugar Bowl Vintage Sign

Sugar Bowl Vintage Sign
The Sugar Bowl Restaurant, at 1494 Miner Street (U.S. Route 14) in Des Plaines, Illinois, was opened by Mr. and Mrs. Files as a soda fountain and candy store in 1921. They added a glorious neon sign in 1957.

It still retained some of its old features as a candy store when I visited as a kid in the late 1980s (I remember browsing the knickknacks and candy they sold), but owner Ted Vlahopoulos renovated the interior to look more like a traditional restaurant in 1997. Thankfully, Steve Morakalis and George Prassas kept this wonderful sign when they reopened it in 2009.

Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard

Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard
Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard at the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road in Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont. Ben & Jerry’s have discontinued hundreds of ice cream flavors over the years, but only a handful receive the honor of being interred in the Flavor Graveyard. Each headstone marks the dates the flavor was in circulation. Don’t despair, ice cream lovers, they’ve actually held “funerals” for our dearly departed favorites.

Hippie Paul Bunyon

Hippie Paul Bunyon
This hippie Paul Bunyon statue sits in a field at 34 Yasgur Road outside Cochecton, New York. Yasgur Farm is named after Max Yasgur, who hosted the famous 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Now, every August, hippies come together to commemorate this event with three days of live music at the Yasgur Road Reunion. There’s a sign discouraging trespassing at the site, because if hippies held anything sacred, it was private land ownership and property rights.

Now I Wish I Could Live

Now I Wish I Could Live

Monument to Maj. Gen. John Buford (1826-1863) in West Point Cemetery, 329 Washington Road in West Point, New York. Buford commanded a cavalry division in the Army of the Potomac and famously delayed Confederate forces in the opening phase of the Battle of Gettysburg to allow time for Union reinforcements to arrive. He contracted typhoid fever in December 1863 and died soon after. When informed of his deathbed promotion to major general, he replied, “It is too late, now I wish I could live.”