Eureka Cemetery

by Kaylah Stroup

utah, old headstone

After ooh-ing and ahhh-ing at all the incredible animals on Antelope Island I suggested we head to Eureka, Utah. Eureka is listed on quite a few websites as a ghost town so obviously that was what drew us there. The photos looked promising. Upon arriving we quickly realized this was not that case. I mean, there are definitely abandoned houses, and storefronts but there is also a pretty sizable population of folks who still reside there.

Would it have been cool to get some shots of the abandoned buildings? Sure but shooting buildings that are surrounded by people’s homes is something I’m not super comfortable with. It feels like an invasion of privacy. Neither of us had cell phone service, and hadn’t bothered to really think ahead about where we’d be heading next so the only thing we could do was just keep driving. It didn’t take long before we stumbled upon Eureka Cemetery. It didn’t look all that interesting from the road but it seemed like a decent place stretch our legs for a few minutes. The majority of the graves near the front of the cemetery were fairly new meaning not something I’d photograph but then I spotted ‘big deal’.

eureka cemetery, utah, unique headstone

I had to get a shot of that grave marker. I hopped out, got my photo, and realized just how lovely the colors were. I’m generally not a fan of shooting in direct sunlight but I’ve found that when I shoot cemeteries in full sun I usually end up loving those photos the most. The lighting conditions mixed with the gorgeous colors (Utah, I love all your yellows!) yielded some spectacular photos! I’m so happy with how these turned out. The incredible mountainous scenery, the barren cemetery, the unique headstones! I’m in loooove!

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Other posts from this trip…

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Allie November 22, 2017 - 10:06 am

So beautiful! I want to more about “Big Deal’ !

Kaylah November 22, 2017 - 10:35 am

Right!? I figured there would be a headstone with a name nearby that said who it actually was but nothing!

Kate @ November 22, 2017 - 12:38 pm

I had no idea Utah was so pretty.

Kaylah November 24, 2017 - 12:13 pm

It’s INCREDIBLE there. I feel like Utah is just a really really well-kept secret. Easily one of my favorite states.

Rabea November 23, 2017 - 3:19 am

I love how this “dark and sad place” looks so beautiful and somehow happy due to the bright yellow colour of the surround. And the flower pots make it even better!

Kaylah November 24, 2017 - 12:20 pm


Pam November 23, 2017 - 8:52 am

Wow, these are gorgeous!

Kaylah November 24, 2017 - 10:55 am

Thanks, Pam! 🙂

Richard Butler Creagh November 23, 2017 - 10:12 am

Beautiful photos! The ‘Big Deal’ is very interesting.

Kaylah November 24, 2017 - 10:54 am

Thank you!

Irfan Qadir Banker November 23, 2017 - 2:13 pm

Amazing photos! I love it all. Great share.

Kaylah November 24, 2017 - 10:53 am

Hey, thanks!

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