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Kansas church group uncovers abandoned graveyard


October 6, 2017

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Brian Walter knew that once they began clearing the brush away from the 10-acre patch of land they would find gravestones, but he didn't expect to find relatives.

The 150-year-old cemetery is the resting place of more than a dozen early Lawrence residents: a settler from Ireland, three brothers who died of smallpox, a university professor, and, it turns out, Walter's great-grandfather.

A curb cut off Kansas Highway 10 and a metal livestock fence serve as the cemetery's entrance. The other three sides of the cemetery border the city's as-yet-undeveloped business park,...

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