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The early development of community mausolea in the State of Indiana was in response to a number of issues prominent at the beginning of the 20 th century. Probably the most significant factor that allowed the development of community mausolea was the cultural acceptance of a burial practice that differed from traditional practices in America. Other factors that set the stage for the use of community mausolea were advances in engineering and construction materials, hygienic concerns, general neglect of cemeteries, and widespread new wealth In the first decades of the 20th century. These factors created a receptive audience that when coupled with the commercial promotion and marketing of community mausolea led to their appearance in several population centers across Indiana.
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