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Cemetery Suffers Serious Damage From Vandals

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

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Rangers recently discovered some serious vandalism that occurred in the Kane Cemetery between Halloween and November 4th. Some additional vandalism also occurred on Friday, November 13th. Thirty-one grave sites were damaged, with vandalism ranging from pushing over headstones to breaking several monuments into pieces and spray painting headstones.  The Kane Cemetery is in a remote part of the park within the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat. Kane was a thriving community until 1965, when the land was bought by the federal government and the Yellowtail Dam was built. The resulting lake (Bighorn Lake) flooded what was the town of Kane. Today, the Kane/Ionia Cemetery, a Kane railroad marker and some old bridge abutments are all that remain of this small community. The case is under investigation.



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