One of the highlights on the UNBC Ghost Towns of Northwest BC educational tour is the visit to the cemetery. It is probably one of the remotes cemeteries in BC as there are no year round residents anywhere near here and when you do it is almost impossible to find as it is tucked away in an overgrown forest. One gravestone that stands out is the one below. The first thing guests notice with the gravestone is that it has been turned over and huge whole remains below it. There are a few stories behind the overturned gravestone and I will let you decide which one is true.
1. The story goes that a middle aged woman of European descent who was quite wealthy was buried with many of her valuable treasures of Gold and Silver. She was buried in 1911 and a rumour out there is that after 100 years of age gravestones are fair game to “retrieve” valuables. The story goes, that 100 years to the day she was buried, a huge hole appeared below the gravestone and all the valuables were missing (or maybe never buried).
2. This story goes that the middle aged European woman had not been sleeping well and had decided to take a copious amount of sleeping pills and had passed out and gone into a mild coma. With no Dr in the small remote community at the time, she was pronounced dead by the minister. With winter fast approaching and the ground already freezing they had to dig a grave quickly and lay the body to rest without a coffin. The lady was actually not dead and just feeling the effects of the sleeping pills and with the chunky frozen earth over top of her in the shallow grave she was able to stay alive and dig her way out of the earth.
3. The story goes that a middle aged European died suddenly and her husband who was the love of her life was devastated. He visited her grave site every day while living in Anyox. When the town closed he moved back to his homeland in Europe but could not leave without being close to his beloved wife. He applied and was granted approval to exhume her and take her back to the homeland where he could bury her again and visit her every day.
If you want want to know the most plausible answer, you can sign up for our Ghost Towns of Northwest BC tour Aug 21-27, 2016 where we will get to the bottom of this unsolved mystery!!