Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel
by Loren Rhoads
“Loren Rhoads started visiting cemeteries by accident. It was the start of a love affair with cemeteries that continues to this day.” — American Cemetery magazine
Nearly every tourist destination has a graveyard. Yosemite National Park has a graveyard. The Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: both graveyards. The #1 tourist destination in Michigan has three cemeteries. America’s best-preserved Gold Rush ghost town has five. Gettysburg is a National Park because it has a graveyard. Some graveyards are even tourist destinations in themselves: the Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague, the colonial burying grounds of Boston, and Kennedy’s eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery. Jim Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery ranks in the top five tourist sites of Paris and draws a million visitors a year.
Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel contains 35 graveyard travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and grave sites around the world.
Published July 2017.
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9636794-6-8
e-Book ISBN: 978-0-9636794-7-5