This is actually the first memorial we photographed today. It consists of several parts—a lattice fastened upon a tree, a small wooden angel, and a simple cross upon which messages of remembrance had been written.
There are several small memorials near this railroad/two-lane intersection.
At one of the memorials we found two unopened cans of Bud Light which had been left in tribute to the deceased:
There was a larger memorial on the other side of the intersection—apparently this place has seen more than its share of tragedy in recent years.
We were shocked to find that, despite the ample evidence of heartbreak, this obviously dangerous junction remains unmarked except for a single railroad crossing sign—no lights, no barriers.
We begin our project with the roadside memorial of a dear friend of ours—killed in a one-car accident at the age of 19, on December 31, 2002. Buddy, you are greatly missed.
We wish you well.