There is a unique story behind each Wind Phone that is best told by its creator and/or steward. No one can tell it the way they can, so to that end, the format for Featured Wind Phone stories is to share the creator/steward's responses to the interview questions verbatim in their own voice. Sharing our stories helps us to connect and heal and may inspire someone else to create or visit a Wind Phone.
This week's Featured Phone is in Silverton, Colorado; I am incredibly moved by the story of this gorgeous Wind Phone. Nancy created this as her grave marker; she has Metastatic Cancer. Nancy shared that she "most likely will pass in 2024." Inside the red British phone box is a 1957 replica of a payphone. This is significant to Nancy because her brother was born in 1957; he passed away in 2014. Nancy wrote the most meaningful poem that sits above the Wind Phone. It is called Calling All Angels.
Nancy, you are truly an inspiration to me. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing the profound story of your Wind Phone and allowing me to shine a light on it for others.
Where is your Wind Phone located?
The Hillside Cemetery in Silverton, Colorado
Coordinates: 37.8198492, - 107.6524198
What year and month did you place your Wind Phone at this location?
Why did you choose this location?
I have had a second home in Silverton, Colorado for about 7 years. The Hillside Cemetery is an amazing place that sits above this tiny hamlet of 600 people (year-round). It is an old mining town and now a ski and summer adventure destination. The San Juan Mountains are some of the most beautiful I have seen. I also chose the cemetery because I have terminal cancer and wanted the wind phone to be my grave marker but also a service to those grieving who visit the cemetery.
Is your Wind Phone dedicated or in memory of someone special?
Oddly, this Hillside Wind Phone is in memory of myself! I have terminal cancer and want to have a plot and marker in Silverton. I purchased the plot and, with the help of amazing friends, got the 400-pound steel British Phone Box to its site on the hill. After I pass, one of the “Telephone” signs will be replaced with my name and date of birth and death. I have always loved British Phone Boxes, and whenever I have found one in my past travels, I get in it! There is something about the Brits and their dry wit that I really respect and enjoy.
Do you have any advice for someone considering creating a Wind Phone?
Be sure you follow the rules. I did, indeed, follow ALL the rules of the Town of Silverton (who is in charge of the cemetery). But there are people who hide behind social media keyboards to bully you if they don’t agree with your choice of booth, phone, or placement. I think it will die down over time, and the booth, like all the markers in the cemetery, will become part of Silverton history.
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