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Erie Street Cemetery, Cleveland

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Erie Street Cemetery is a historic cemetery in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is the city's oldest existing cemetery.
The cemetery was established in 1826 at what was then the edge of the city, taking its name from East 9th Street's original name. It was the city's first permanent cemetery, replacing a community burial ground just south of Public Square. Many of Cleveland's earliest pioneers and leaders are buried there, including Lorenzo Carter, the city's first permanent white settler; and John W. Willey, the city's first mayor. The cemetery was open to members of all faiths.
During the administration of Mayor Tom L. Johnson in the early 20th century, bodies were moved from the cemetery to the municipally-owned Highland Park Cemetery, and parts of the cemetery were vacated for city streets. The Pioneers' Memorial Association was formed in 1915 to advocate for the cemetery. In 1925, its future was secured when City Manager William R. Hopkins decided to build the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge around, rather than through, the cemetery.
Improvements and maintenance have been performed by groups including the Works Progress Administration and the Cleveland Grays. It was designated as an official Ohio historical site in October 2009, and it is a Cleveland City Landmark. Honors students at Cuyahoga Community College have conducted research about people buried in the cemetery.
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  • This is a very old cemetery in the downtown area with urban renewal all around it. You will find lots of very old graves, good for explorations.  more »
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  • My husband passed about a week ago, in a freak tube incident. Very sad 0/10 stars. I decided to contact his local small business, to see if they accept tube burials, since the tube is really stuck on him, around him, on his dead corpse. The man I found behind this fine establishment offered me a proper burial for him next to the horses, and the only complaint was that I needed to give him my stash of My Little Pony DVDs. It was a good cost though, would go to this again if my next husband falls under similar circumstances.
  • A really unique cemetery positioned right in the heart of downtowns sports area. This cemetery is quite old with some very remarkable tombstones and notable names. The history alone is worth a visit but because of its location too this place is really convenient to stop by for a moment on your way to or from a ball game.

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