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Castle’s “Roadside Graveyards” Tour Diary Part Two

Castle’s “Roadside Graveyards” Tour Diary Part Two

Text & Photos by Castle

Tending to the dead is a grave business, whether it’s erecting edifices or wooden stakes, so in keeping with the theme of our current tour and album, “Welcome to the Graveyard” – we decided to visit the final resting places of souls alongside America’s highways as we traveled from city to city and record them with photos and words.  A graveyard index of the dead and their spaces.


June 28 – Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, IA



Located off Highway 80 in Iowa City, IA, the ‘Black Angel’ is an imposing grave marker at 9 ft. tall (atop a 4 ft. pedestal). A famous local portent of doom and superstition, the statue dates back to 1912 when it was erected ‘looking down and below’ by a grieving widow (and purported practitioner of the dark arts), upon whose death years later the statue turned black, fueling local urban legends as a kiss of death to those who got too close to its evil vibration.


6/29 – Huston Family Cemetery, West Des Moines, IA



Quite literally a ‘Cemetery in a Traffic Circle,’ the Huston Family Cemetery is located a few miles off Highway 80 on what was once a stage route to California; whose hardened road produced its first burial – two young pioneers who died from fever in 1847 en route to the West. Now interceded by Mills Civic Parkway and 88thSt. in rural but developing West Des Moines, the roundabout has become a busy intersection, daring drivers to join the subterranean population of graves. The original wrought iron fence placed there by members of the Huston family had been hit so many times it was removed.


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7/1 – Dinosaur Graveyard, Como Bluffs, WY

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Located 5 miles east of Medicine Bow, WY, on US Route 30, Fossil Cabin, aka The Dinosaur Graveyard, was built from 5796 dinosaur bones over 17 year period and completed in 1932 by homesteader Thomas Boylan, situated along the nation’s first transcontinental highway as a roadside attraction for his gas station. Long gone the way of the dinosaur, Route 30 and its businesses became a ghost highway when Highway 80 opened 20 miles to the south in the early 70’s. Closed permanently since 2012, the ‘building that used to walk’ as once described by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, is, much like the rest of the American Dream, now for sale.





7/2 – Puss’N Boots Cemetery, Boulder City, NV 

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“No Pet Burials Allowed” is the only sign alluding to the location of this dead end desert pet cemetery.  Located southwest of Las Vegas, a few miles from the intersection of Highways 93 and 95 and just outside Boulder City, NV, it took us forever to find after following a rustic set of directions for road markings that no longer exist, and with no relief from the scorching desert sun – almost became forever after. Dating back to the 1950’s, this wild west boneyard exists right out of a Sergio Leone film, albeit for the four legged; and given the location, you have to wonder if there isn’t more than pets buried beneath.




Castle’s latest album Welcome to the Graveyard was released last week via Ván Records worldwide. Listen to the CVLT NATION premiere of ‘Down in the Cauldron Bog’ here. Order limited edition colored vinyl from the band here. Castle’s ‘Welcome to the Graveyard’ US Tour is currently underway.

7/20/2016 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA #
7/21/2016 Hi Water Mark – Portland, OR #
7/22/2016 Funhouse – Seattle, WA  #
7/23/2016 The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT #
7/24/2016 Railyard – Billings, MT #

7/25/2016 Reverie – Minneapolis, MN                                                                                       7/26/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL *

7/27/2016 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI *
7/28/2016 Franks Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI  *
7/29/2016 Shakespeare Pub – Kalamazoo, MI *
7/30/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI *
7/31/2016 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA *^
8/01/2016 Maple Grove Tavern – Cleveland, OH ^
8/02/2016 Rockin Buffalo Saloon – Buffalo, NY ^
8/03/2016 Geno’s – Portland, ME ^ w/ Hessian
8/04/2016 Ralph’s – Worcester, MA ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/05/2016 Trans Pecos – Brooklyn, NY ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/06/2016 The Fire – Philadelphia, PA ^ w/ Pilgrim
8/07/2016 TBA – Wilmington, DE
8/08/2016 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA
8/09/2016 Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
8/10/2016 The End – Nashville, TN
8/11/2016 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
8/12/2016 The Grotto – Ft. Worth, TX
8/13/2016 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
8/14/2016 The Elbow Room – Wichita, KS
8/15/2016 The Blue Note – Oklahoma City, OK
8/16/2016 The Underground – Santa Fe, NM
8/17/2016 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
8/18/2016  Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
8/19/2016 The Merrow – San Diego, CA
8/20/2016 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA
8/27/2016 Doom Over T.O. Fest – Toronto, ON
9/07/2016 Katacombes – Montreal, PQ
9/08/2016 Envol at Macadam Fest – Quebec City, PQ
9/09/2016 Panic Room – St. John, NB
9/10/2016 Gus Pub – Halifax, NS
9/11/2016 Baba’s – Charlottetown, PEI
9/12/2016 Capitol Complex – Fredericton, NB
9/13/2016 Ti-Petac – Trois Rivieres, PQ
9/14/2016 House Of Targ – Ottawa, ON
9/16/2016 Black Pirates Pub – Thunder Bay, ON
9/17/2016 King’s Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
9/18/2016 TBA – Saskatoon, SK
9/19/2016 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
9/20/2016 Fernando’s – Kelowna, BC
9/21/2016 The Office Pub – Kamloops, BC
9/22/2016 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
9/23/2016 Logans Pub – Victoria, BC
9/24/2016 Palomino – Calgary, AB
9/26/2016 The Club – Regina, SK
9/28/2016 New American – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
9/29/2016 Call The Office – London, ON
# w/ Disenchanter
* w/ Brimstone Coven
^ w/ Blizaro



Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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