|Kay Y. Sakagami Japanese|
Buddhist plot at Kennecott
Part of what the National Park Service does is inventory everything inside their boundaries. According to the 2010 Cultural Landscape Inventory by the National Park Service there are exactly 50 graves on the site, with the earliest recorded date 1908 until the last in 1938. Within the thirty years of burials at this site the highest number of burials in a year was in 1924 with six. Those buried were residents of the mill town and include one child. There is also more than one religion within the cemetery, most were represented by wooden Latin crosses, with a few others. There are a few concrete cast grave markers, some with a copper plate and another with Japanses inscriptions and there is only one granite marker in the cemetery. All of these different grave plots help give insight into the people living in the community and are useful in discovering the biographical histories of the people buried there. One of the more unique graves at the cemetery is a wooden box tomb belonging to Kay Y. Sakagami. The tomb has a semicircle headstone and a small wood ledger "that is semi-traditional to Japanese Buddhist burial customs." One grave in particular stands out because it is the only one that faces east instead of west; it belongs to Oscar Pyrtz and with his name and the dates on his grave historians can do research to discover who he was and gather his life story and biographical information (all of which are documented in the inventory if found.)
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