Just how much do you know about that cemetery?
Probably not as much as local historian and storyteller
Moore, who teaches history at
As part of the "Home on the Range: Where the Prairie Meets the Plains in
"It's a tour of the old city cemetery, without going out there," Moore said of "Grace Tales & Tombstones," adding that he hopes people will go out there on their own. "I think it's a lot more fun discovering it yourself. It's something people can go and do."
The folks buried out there aren't particularly famous, but many have close connections to famous names. The father of one of the biggest movie stars rests there, as does a playmate of King George V, and the wife of a
"When Abilene got started, the cemetery was right at the city limits," Moore said. "Now it's in the middle of town."
Moore's thirst for history may have come from a friend who loved to tell history stories or maybe from his paternal grandfather.
"He was forever driving by a place and telling stories," Moore said.
Sharing the history of
"You know your family history and American history, but few know their local history," he said.
As for how many people rest at the old cemetery? You'll have to come and learn for yourself.
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