Development sprawls over forgotten graveyards; Preservationists hunt for lost cemeteries hidden in odd nooks
"Nearly 4,500 people will die in Travis County this year. Most will be buried in large city-owned or commercial cemeteries. But if death is inevitable, it's also ubiquitous, literally so in the soils beneath Austin. Amid apartment complexes, beside movie theaters and by the intersections of highways lie the remains of humans buried long ago. Sometimes they are marked with faded or broken gravestones; sometimes the only evidence they are there is markings on old maps. The small, scattered cemeteries, frequently family plots, are a graphic marker of the rapid growth of Austin."