Pioneer Cemeteries: Sculpture Gardens of the Old West by Annette StottPioneer Cemeteries: Sculpture Gardens of the Old West by Annette Stott

Pioneer Cemeteries: Sculpture Gardens of the Old West

byAnnette Stott

Hardcover | November 1, 2008

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As pioneers attempted to settle and civilize the “Wild West,” cemeteries became important cultural centers. Filled with carved wooden headboards, inscribed local stones, and Italian marble statues, cemeteries functioned as symbols of stability and progress toward a European-inspired vision of Manifest Destiny. As repositories of art and history, these pioneer cemeteries tell the story of communities and visual culture emerging together within the developing landscape of the Old West.

Annette Stott traces this story through Rocky Mountain towns on the western frontier, from the unkempt “boot hills” of the early mining camps and cattle settlements to the more refined “fair mounts.” She shows how people from Asia, Europe, and the Americas contributed to the visual character of the mountain cemeteries, and how the sepulchral garden functioned as an open-air gallery of public sculpture, at once a site for relaxation, learning, and social ritual. Here, widespread participation in a variety of ceremonies brought mountain communities together with a frequency almost unimaginable today. Illustrated with eighty-three striking photographs, this book shows how the pioneer cemetery emerged as a site of public sculpture and cultural transmission in which each carved or molded monument played dual (and sometimes conflicting) public and private roles, recording the community’s history and values while memorializing individuals and events.
Annette Stott is the director of the School of Art and Art History and a professor of art history at the University of Denver. She is the author of Holland Mania: The Unknown Dutch Period in American Art and Culture.
Title:Pioneer Cemeteries: Sculpture Gardens of the Old WestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:404 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 1 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0803216084

ISBN - 13:9780803216082

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Table of Contents



List of Cemeteries     


1. From Boot Hill to Fair Mount: The Transformation of the Western Cemetery

2. Tombstone Carvers and Monument Makers of the Rocky Mountain West    

3. M. Rauh, Riverside Marble Works, and the Gendered Cemetery    

4. Mail-Order Monuments and Other Imports: Rocky Mountain Cemeteries in a National Context     

5. The Cemetery in Western Life    





Editorial Reviews

"I have taken students to Laramie's Greenhill Cemetery several times for pedagogical reasons. Annette Stott's Pioneer Cemeteries makes me want to go back and look again, to satisfy my own curiosity."—Quincy D. Newell, Annals of Wyoming
- Quincy D. Newell - Annals of Wyoming