Avery, Iowa: Great Pyramids of Avery

Three sandstone and cement pyramids built in 1939 as tombs for a local publisher and Egyptian pyramid fan. He ended up buried in another town, but the empty pyramids remain.

Hickory Grove Cemetery

695th Ave., Avery, IA
Hickory Grove Cemetery, north of Avery at 695th Street and 140 St.
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Great Pyramids of Avery.

Great Pyramids of Avery

I threw the name of the cemetery into my GPS and it was very easy to find. It's down a long gravel road and right in the back of the cemetery. There is a farm with cows nearby, and there are a lot of bugs!

[Bianca Giron, 11/07/2019]

Pyramid grave.

Great Pyramids of Avery

If you like old cemeteries, this is a cool place. Lots of headstones from the 1800s. The pyramids are worth seeing and the drive to the location is beautiful, down a gravel road. The cemetery is well maintained, except for trash and debris left behind in the tomb of the main pyramid, likely by mischievous kids. I thought the stone bench was cool and the shade trees were abundant. Bring bug spray, as so were the mosquitos!

[Mary, 06/06/2018]

Great Pyramids of Avery.

Great Pyramids of Avery

Three stone pyramids are in a cemetery north of Avery, Iowa.

[Jodi Martin, 07/26/2015]

Sandstone and cement structures built in 1939 for Egyptian pyramid fan Axel Peterson, whose dream (unfulfilled) was to be buried in the big one, sitting at a table across from a close pal (conveniently dead at the same time). Crypt roof of the largest tomb was an upside-down dump truck bed.

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