In my travels thru graveyards and recording tombstones I occasionally come across the poured concrete tombstone. Some of these seem to be commercially made, others are homemade. Virtually all are in poor condition.
Now I assume the main reason for a
concrete tombstone instead of granite or limestone would be money. In some
cases however I am sure it was because the family or friend felt they could make
it a more personal monument to the deceased.
There are two drawbacks to the concrete
tombstone that I see. First the surface is more porous than granite and as such
they erode more quickly and moss and fungus settle on them more than with
granite. The second is the engraving or lettering. If you have at any time
wrote your name in wet concrete you know the lettering is usually only as wide
as the nail, or pointed stick that you use to write with. You also will find
out the still moist concrete will flow back into the lettering making the
letters even more narrow. Over the years this narrow lettering and the amount
of fungus on the concrete will make it difficult to read.
These poured concrete tombstones can be found
in just about every older graveyard and I wish I had taken photos of some of
them I have seen over the years. The examples shown are all mostly from the
These last two photos I feel are also poured
concrete based on the width of lettering and the condition of the stone.
Altho both show a certain neatness and order not achieved in the other photos.