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 pyramid remains.

Hickory Grove Cemetery

Address:
695th Ave., Avery, IA
Directions:
Hickory Grove Cemetery, north of Avery at 695th Street and 140 St.
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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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