In 1832, Cleveland Found Itself Battling A Month-Long Cholera Epidemic
By Nikki Rhoades|Published January 31, 2020
Nikki is a lifelong Ohioan with a love for literature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Akron and has enjoyed publishing her written work since 2007. She has a love of travel and does so frequently, though she believes that home is where the heart is — she continues to work in and around Cleveland as a digital content specialist to this day, working on everything from commercial scripts and social media posts to grassroots marketing initiatives.
Disease is an awful and disturbing aspect of human history. Nobody wants to consider it, but over the years, millions of humans have lost lives to infections and diseases. Plagues and epidemics are much less common today due to advances in medicine and sanitation, but the world wasn’t always so fortunate. Here, the Cleveland Cholera Epidemic of 1832 left locals shaking in their boots… and it wouldn’t be the last time disease affected the area. Check it out:
So there you have it! Here in Cleveland, the Cholera Epidemic of 1832 only claimed 50 lives… but it was enough death and suffering in so short a time that locals were paralyzed with fear. And how could they not be? A silent villain with no known weaknesses was creeping into homes and stealing away unsuspecting loved ones, sometimes in mere hours. Fortunately, an understanding of sanitation and medicinal advances put an end to this plague in Cleveland. Do you remember any mass panics related to disease in your lifetime? What about in your parents’ or grandparents’ lifetime — did they ever tell you any stories similar to this one? Share your thoughts in the comments!