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Mark Young, a lover of history and stories, said cemeteries are a great place to find both.

Mark is a taphophile (one who enjoys cemeteries, funerals, and gravestones). He was born in Stephenville and grew up in the Panhandle. He attended Amarillo College, West Texas State University, and graduated from ACU. His interest started when he was 14 while rain dropped 8 inches in less than an hour. The Lohn Cemetery had quite a few sunken graves and families were expected to shovel dirt into the holes and bring the grave sites up to ground level. It was his first time to wander around and read the headstones. The iconography of the stones is a hobby in itself, but clever, poignant, and oftentimes just plain heartaches etched on the stones increases the interest as well.

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