Pet Cemetery Along Oregon Trail Is Frightening And Fascinating
Just outside of Casper, Wyoming is a place both somber and a little creepy. Tucked away is a land where the earth is slowly reclaiming the land. It is the Oregon Trail Pet Cemetery. This isn't a Steven King story. The pets buried here don't come back. It is the final resting spot for "Cordellia" and "Buzz The Cat. One Man's Best Friend."
These aren't pets who traveled the Oregon Trail. Most of the markers are dated to the 90s or 2000s. The fences around the grounds are falling down from wind or livestock. Cattle manure and pronghorn skat speckle the grounds.
Some of the gravestones are illegible to erosion. Some are settling deeper and deeper in the ground. Sagebrush and weeds overtake the grounds. It is both heartfelt as a pet owner who has lost pets, but also a reminder that the land will take everything back, eventually.