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Broken Column Headstones
This category is for Broken Column headstones/monuments found in cemeteries; however, Broken Column headstones/monuments found outside a cemetery will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This is for columns that were intentionally constructed to appear broken to denote a life cut short.
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This category is for listing Broken Column headstones/monuments found in cemeteries only; however, we will consider Broken Column headstones/monuments found outside a cemetery on a case-by-case basis. Broken Columns are usually in the classical Greek style or with a tapering shaft. They are said to denote the burial spot of a person whose life was cut short. They are also sometimes used to depict the loss of the head of a family.

Although headstones in the shape of tree stumps or trees with broken branches symbolize a life cut short similar to broken column headstones, they are not the focus of this category. We are only accepting headstones that are true broken columns, which are usually in the classical Greek style or with a tapering shaft.

NOTE: This category is not intended for the posting of vandalized headstones. Rather it is for columns that were intentionally constructed to appear broken to denote a life cut short.

At a minimum, Broken Column headstones can be found in Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We suspect they occur in many other countries around the world as well. We'll update this list as Broken Column headstones/monuments are posted in other countries.

Below are photos of a couple of examples of what would be accepted.


Instructions for Posting a Broken Column Headstones Waymark:

Broken Column headstones/monuments should not be confused with Woodmen of the World Grave Markers/Monuments or Obelisks. Those types of markers can be posted under those categories.

1. NAME: The title of the waymark should include the surname on the headstone/monument, the name of the cemetery, and its location.

Example 1: Smith - Forest Lawn Cemetery - Tampa, FL

Example 2: Scobie - Ballarat Old Cemetery - Ballarat, Australia

2. COORDINATES: Please post coordinates taken near to the headstone/monument. If there are any barriers near the headstone/monument, please do not cross them to get coordinates.

3. PHOTO: At least one original photograph (taken by you) showing the entire headstone/monument (this should be the default photo) must be included with your waymark. Extra photos with interesting close-ups, side views, and/or the surrounding area would be nice additions, but are not required. If possible, please also include a photo of the cemetery sign where the headstone/monument is located. A GPSr photo is not required.

4. DESCRIPTION: Include as much information as you can find about the headstone/monument and the cemetery where it is located. Include any and all names listed on the headstone/monument. If you know anything of the history of the headstone/monument or the person(s) being memorialized, please include this as well.

LANGUAGE NOTE: We recognize waymarking as a global hobby and welcome waymarks from all countries. However, if the waymark is written in a language other than English, an English translation is required. The English translation does not need to be perfect, just clear enough for the Officers and other viewers to understand what the waymark is about. And, as always, please cite your sources. Thank you!

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
When visiting a waymark, please take an original picture of the headstone/monument (nothing should be placed on it). Logs that include photos representing any form of disrespectful behavior will be subject to deletion.
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This gravestone is dedicated to the German National Heinreich Rahm who died at the age of 24.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Islas Canarias, Spain

date approved: 3/26/2016

last visited: 5/2/2019

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