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Two things struck me about this monument. The first was wondering what used to sit on the base we now see, but I don’t have any answers for that, so let’s move to the second one.

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The second thing that caught my eyes was the fact that it specifies the Pfeiffers were cremated.  Cremation was not a common practice in the United States – the first crematories were not opened until the last quarter of the 19th century, and it slowly grew in popularity.  Even now, only about 25% of the deceased in the United States are cremated.

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