Maple Hill, Kansas: Backward Tombstone

Cement casting mistake that marks the grave of Sarah Oliver. Or maybe the creators wanted people to be able to read it in a mirror.

Old Stone Church

Address:
Old Stone Church Rd, Maple Hill, KS
Directions:
I-70 exit 341. Drive north a little less than two miles. Turn left at the railroad tracks onto Old Stone Church Rd. The cemetery is located at the top of the hill on the right, by the church. The backward tombstone of Sarah Oliver is directly behind the church, 2nd row, toward the left.
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Backwards headstone.

Backwards Headstone

I did speak with Sarah and explained I meant no disrespect with the Dr Pepper can and photos. Told her I thought it was pretty cool that what was probably a mistake ended up getting some folks from quite far away to visit her and consider her life. I left with the feeling she was OK with that.

[Hardy, 06/02/2010]
Backwards Headstone

The relatives of Sarah Oliver cast her tombstone in cement. Unfortunately they neglected to place the pattern letters correctly, so that the final casting has all of the letters reversed.

[Phil Pasquini, 08/07/2006]

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