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Quirky Headstones: These Boots Were Made for Walker

Headstone with Black Stone Pump in Aurora, TX (photo by Tui Snider)
Headstone with Black Stone Pump in Aurora, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Aurora Cemetery

With over 1800 graves, Aurora Cemetery claims more inhabitants than the town itself, with its population of 376. As you might imagine, not much happens in Aurora, Texas. There’s no courthouse, no historic town square, no central shopping area at all. There’s so little to this town that it’s nearly impossible to tell you are there.

Headstone with Black Stone Boot in Aurora, TX (photo by Tui Snider)
Headstone with Black Stone Boot in Aurora, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Bizarre Incident Mentioned on its Historical Marker

Even so, Aurora Cemetery attracts a steady stream of curiosity seekers. They come to look for the grave of a space alien who allegedly crashed there in 1897. The bizarre incident is even mentioned on the graveyard’s Texas State Historical Marker. (For details on this, check out my blog posts and alien headstone photos at A to Z Texas: Alien Grave in Aurora and Alien Gravesite in Aurora Cemetery: The Roswell of Texas?.)

Cowboy Boot Headstone in Aurora, TX (photo by Tui Snider)
Cowboy Boot Headstone in Aurora, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Footwear Themed Headstones

As someone who enjoys wandering through historic Texas cemeteries, I must say that the Aurora Cemetery is one of my favorites. It’s well-tended, filled with beautiful old trees, and full of bluebonnets in the springtime.

I also get a kick (pun intended!) out of these footwear-themed headstones in Aurora Cemetery. Two of them are for people with the last name Walker, while the cowboy boot headstone (that doubles as a vase) is for someone else. I’ve never seen anything like them in any other historic graveyard around here. If I ever find out the story behind them, I will let you know.

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  1. Amber Amber

    Can something like this be made just to be placed next to his actual headstone? His is Grey granite

    • I don’t see why not! Of course, you need to check with the cemetery regulations before you consult with a monument builder to create what you want. Le me know how it goes. :)

  2. […] When you head over to the newer part of the graveyard you will discover different shoe-themed headstones. I’m unsure whether or not the Walker household was merely riffing on their identify or if they only liked footwear, however one among their member of the family’s headstones options an English type driving boot, whereas the one beside it showcases a ladies’s pump fashion shoe, each made out of strong black granite. For extra info take a look at Quirky Headstones: These Boots were made for Walker […]

  3. […] If you head over to the newer section of the graveyard you can find other shoe-themed headstones. I’m not sure whether the Walker family was simply riffing on their name or if they just loved footwear, but one of their family member’s headstones features an English style riding boot, while the one beside it showcases a women’s pump style shoe, both made from solid black granite. For more information check out Quirky Headstones: These Boots were made for Walker […]

  4. I love these headstones! I am getting so excited about reading your new book I cant hardly stand it. You are the first person to ever make me want to go to Texas and see all of its quirky travel destinations. Someday I will make it there so I can check them all out!

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hiya Morgan! It’s good to know that my blog posts are whetting your appetite for my book. Every now and then I get a little pang of insecurity, and I worry that I’m the only one who finds this quirky stuff entertaining… So – phew! :D

        • Tui Snider Tui Snider

          Thanks for reminding me, Morgan! I actually never tweet directly from peep’s blog posts, oddly enough. I’ve added that to my blog’s to-do list. :D (I’m about due for an overhaul on my site… need to update plug-ins, etc.)

          • Tui Snider Tui Snider

            I also do a TON of tweeting directly from Tweetdeck. I like to tweet while a hashtag is jumping, y’know?

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