As I wrote in a story published today, Mt. Hope Cemetery is home to dead people with no tombstones.
Oddly enough, the cemetery also has tombstones with no dead people.
Their story begins across town in Mission Hills at Pioneer Park, a pleasant grassy plot of land near the junction of Washington Street and University Avenue.
The land served as a Catholic cemetery from the 1870s through the 20th century, becoming the resting place for prominent families with names like Bandini and Couts.
But the cemetery became a neglected eyesore, and the city decided to use powers granted by the state and turn it into a community park.
All the 800-odd memorial markers were taken away in the 1970s except for a line of tombstones left on the park’s edge. Left as a memorial, they’re still there.