In Whitman, Nebraska, a lonely cemetery sits atop a hill overlooking town and the vast, rolling expanse of the treeless Sand Hills.
At the northeast corner of the cemetery is a stark reminder of the cost of settling this inhospitable land at the turn of the twentieth century:
MABEL FRANCES LEON BURR
BORN DEC. 26, 1908
DIED APR. 7, 1913
Eerily, a photograph of Mabel stares out at us, as if she waits, entombed in the marble, for the infrequent visitor to realize that the frontier demanded payment from more than adults.