In 1832, Cleveland Found Itself Battling A Month-Long Cholera Epidemic

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:

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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!

Want to learn more about local mysteries? Check out this Cleveland neighborhood that was abandoned almost overnight ⁠— it is a chilling reminder of the impermanence of our society.