~ 12 July 2006 ~

In My Own Backyard:
The Kentucky Cremation Society

This post will introduce a new occasional series called “In My Own Backyard,” in which I will explore the odd, quirky places in the areas in which I’ve lived. You never know what you’ll find in your own backyard…


I had driven past it countless times, but had never really noticed just what the place was. Aside from the sign, it was just another nondescript house whose location on a busy road warranted its transformation into a place of business. The eastern part of Louisville boasts hundreds of such places, usually occupied by a law firm or a doctor’s office.

One day, I happened to be stopped in traffic next to the building, and I did a double-take when I saw that the sign read “Cremation Society of Kentucky.” The fact that there are entire societies devoted to the incineration of corpses was enough to throw me for a loop.

I imagined a “society” member about to go out for a meeting:

“Honey,” he would say to his wife, “I’m gonna be out a little late tonight — I’ve got a meeting.”

“Are you going to be out playing poker with the boys again,” his wife would reply, “how many times have I told you…”

“No, no, no,” he would interject, “I’ve got a Cremation Society meeting. Tonight we’re discussing the topic ‘How hot is too hot?’ and I really want to go.”

As if the place couldn’t get any more odd, on a recent drive by the building I saw smoke rising. I know what you’re thinking. I was thinking the same thing. It turned out, however, that the source of the smoke was a tiny charcoal grill.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at the photos I recently snapped:

Just across the street from Burger KingJust down the street from Wal Mart and Papa John’s

Just across the street from Burger KingWait a minute! What’s that there in the corner?

Just across the street from Burger KingJust what are they flame-broiling here?

A charcoal grill. On the grounds of the Cremation Society. That’s one barbeque I’d have to pass on, free food or not.

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1 Comments:

  1. Donna » 2 November 2008:

    I ask that you please remove this…the person who owns this passed away today and in respect to their family I ask that you please remove it.

    thank you

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