Bizarro X Tombstone.

Bizarro X Tombstone

Field review by the editors.

Walla Walla, Washington

Sterling Hallard Bright Drake may still be alive, although in 2012, in a short documentary about his tombstone, he said he was dying from diabetes. He was a child prodigy, fondly remembered in his hometown of Walla Walla for building rockets (one, "X-Caliber," is engraved on the tombstone, crossed with a glowing broadsword).

Drake was living in California at the time the film was made, and said he had no living friends and that the uniquely shaped tombstone serves as a placeholder: "X marks the spot." He also claimed that he had no idea that the cemetery would place it so prominently -- it's just inside the entrance -- and that his original idea for his memorial was a drinking fountain.

"Lady Gwinavier," who is mentioned prominently on the tombstone, was Drake's beloved Schnauzer.

Bizarro X Tombstone

Mountain View Cemetery

Address:
2120 S. 2nd Ave., Walla Walla, WA
Directions:
Mountain View Cemetery. Enter cemetery off of S. 2nd St. Immediately turn right (Vine St.) Drive 100 yards. You'll see the tombstone straight ahead, on the left.
Hours:
Gates open M-F 10-2 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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