Take Me out to the……Cemetery?
Last weekend I went out to the spooky old cemetery on the southern fringe of Cleveland’s downtown. Its old. Some headstones predating the Civil War, or the Antebellum era for all you english majors. Not sure how it got in such bad shape. Vandals, smog, soot and marmots have clearly taken their toll on the area.
Its famous gates. These are actually made from the remains of the old Superior Viaduct, which I snapped a few pics of in a previous post.
The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History gives a pretty good description (then again, its definitely better than my description, “its old and like…”):
ERIE ST. CEMETERY, preserving E. 9th St.’s original name, has been a municipal cemetery of controversy since 1826. Cleveland village trustees, desperate to replace the informal community burial ground south of Public Square with a permanent site, purchased the location for $1 from Leonard Case, Sr. So remote and spacious was the land that the council permitted a gunpowder magazine (1836) and a poorhouse-hospital on the unused portion.
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