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Merced, California: Tallest Roadside Tombstone in the U.S.

Most roadside grave markers are humble and small. Not George H. Fancher's. His granite monument towers 68 feet high. He was a wealthy rancher and banker, and $25,000 in his will was set aside to pay for it.

N. Arboleda Drive, Merced, CA
On the east side of N. Arboleda Drive, just south of its intersection with of Hwy 140/Central Yosemite Hwy.
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Tallest Roadside Tombstone in the U.S.

Tallest Roadside Tombstone in the U.S.

America's tallest roadside tombstone is definitely bigger than you'd think....

[R.F.F.R., 05/26/2018]

Tallest Roadside Tombstone in the U.S.

Tallest Roadside Tombstone in the U.S.

A little research about George Hicks Fancher revealed answers to some of the questions people have when they see this man's monument to himself. He left $25,000 to have a monument built to him. Whoever designed the large obelisk didn't use much imagination in listing George's history. They kept it to where and when he was born and where and when he died.

[Phrank Phester, 12/08/2015]

George was not very sociable in life, so he probably didn't want to share any information about himself in death. It was enough to remember him -- and we obviously do.

Tallest tombstone.

Tallest Roadside Tombstone in the U.S.

Definitely the largest grave marker we've ever seen. On our way to Yosemite and could not help but wonder about this towering obelisk by the train crossing. Mr. Fancher is still getting attention well after his death in 1900, probably exactly what he wanted.

[Christy Shelton, 04/19/2014]

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