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1:54 PM

Mausoleum History

As co-owner of Fergus Falls Monument Co. and a third generation monument builder living in the North Central United States, I grew up visiting cemeteries on every family trip to virtually every state and country I have ever been to.  My cemetery visits around the world have shown me the relationship between time, economy and geography.  The history of mausoleums is quite fascinating and that is what I am focusing this blog on. 

As one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the mausoleum created for king Mausolus in Turkey is where the modern word derived from.  Over time these large tombs most commonly used for peoples of great importance were downsized and available to nobility in many countries.  As Christianity became more common (when the Roman Empire chose Christianity as their official religion) the use of mausoleums became less so.  The only permitted method of disposing bodies was burial throughout most of Europe.   It wasn’t long before the wealthy and prominent peoples of many countries once again started using mausoleums for a resting place.

The two largest influences that gave way to the use of smaller Mausoleums for individual families were the establishment of acres of land for use in cemeteries around 1804 which became the norm spreading from France, and in 1861 when Queen Victoria made memorialization fashionable when Albert passed away.  These changes led to an economical demand for affordable above ground burial.

Although the mausoleum is an effective way to keep moisture from being an issue in areas like New Orleans, history points more towards tradition and fashion rather than functionality as being the factor in choosing above ground burial.



3:57 PM

Fergus Falls Monument gets new software

Fergus Falls Monument joins the 21st century with new software. Read More

2:33 PM

Ottertail County MN Veterans Memorial

In 2015 The Fergus Falls Monument company was approached to head up the design and construction of a new Veterans Memorial to be constructed in the Fergus Falls Veterans Park. Read More

12:22 PM

Grant County MN Veterans Memorial

Fergus Falls Monument Company has recently started on one of the largest Veterans Memorials they have erected to date. The Memorial itself will include granite benches, large granite brick display for individual names, 3 podiums with etchings will hold more names of veterans.  On the large brick display pieces, we will add large porcelain photos inset into the granite. The first phase of the project was completed in the summer of 2014.  Photos can be found at www.fergusmonument.com . The second phase is scheduled for the summer of 2015.

The Fergus Falls Monument Company, established in 1883, designs, letters and erects all large and small individual memorials, cemetery memorials, cemetery columbariums, Veterans memorials and dedication memorials.

11:43 AM

Lisbon Fire Department

Fergus Falls Monument Company designed and installed a commemorative dedication memorial for the Lisbon Fire Department.  We used 2 different artist renderings (Jim D. , Christian A.) and etched the images on Jet Black Granite.  The front picture had 2 firemen entering a door with smoke billowing out of it. The inscription was the “Fireman’s Prayer” and the  caption “We rush in , to get you out”.  We had also added the Lisbon Fire Department crest.  The backside had an image of a fireman exiting a burning building carrying a small child. The caption on this side was “Our mission is very clear, to be there for people when they need us.”