Lake View Cemetery

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12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, USA

Lake View Cemetery Cleveland Reviews

vances vances
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Soul venture Jun 03, 2017
An enormous final resting place, Lake View Cemetery sprawls over almost 300 acres within the city of Cleveland. You may come here just to find peace among the forested grounds, but there are a multitude of interesting diversions complementing the tranquility. It is pleasant just walking about and absorbing the multitude of interesting tombstones – the cemetery was begun back in 1869 and there are many lovely statues, with angels abounding. I was also struck by the number of headstones which were simply large boulders, the sole adornment being engraved names and dates. Though I confess not frequenting burial grounds, the first boulder I encountered struck me as innovative and artistic, but eventually we passed so many that I concluded this somewhat common and repeated beyond Lake View?

Some of the traditional headstones are amazing. A prime place to view a collection of impressive monuments is along Millionaire’s Row, a hillside where wealthier clientele are gathered. The moniker is deserved, because among this group lies John D. Rockefeller. This is the man who created the family wealth, founding Standard Oil and becoming America’s first billionaire. Part of the fun from idly rambling about is stumbling across other celebrities. I was astonished to come upon the final resting place of Eliot Ness (the cop who brought down Al Capone during Prohibition) and even Harvey Pekar. I doubt many folks are aware of Harvey, best known for his autobiographical underground comic books (“American Splendor”). At least I associate Harvey with Cleveland (never knew Rockefeller or Ness had connections with the city) and I was amused to see a multitude of ball point pens plunged into the ground surrounding Harvey’s plot!

Surprises continued as we came upon a headstone carved as a jukebox. Intrigued, we approached and were delighted to read this was the final resting spot of Alan Freed, the disc jockey credited with coining the term ‘rock’n roll’. I have barely scratched the surface of interesting tidbits around Lake View, but the cemetery is managed by an active foundation and they sponsor frequent tours and talks which look quite appealing (check out their web site). Will close by footnoting I have not touched upon the Garfield Memorial nor Wade Chapel (separately reviewed below), but both are additional highlights of Lake View Cemetery.
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starship1 says:
Really, really interesting cemetery and actually very pretty!!
Posted on: Sep 23, 2017
Andy99 says:
Enjoyable review, Vance! I didn't know of Rockefeller's association with Cleveland.
Posted on: Sep 21, 2017
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