Travel From Cleveland To Northern Ohio’s Own Cholera Cemetery For A Dose Of History

Here in Cleveland, we don’t hear a whole lot about Ohio’s woes of yore. Even the tragic East Ohio Gas Company explosion in Cleveland is a surprise to some, though it happened just a handful of decades ago. It’s worth learning about our state’s past, as it helps us work toward a brighter future. One of the best ways to do so is through the exploration and understanding of local cemeteries. Believe it or not, there’s a cholera cemetery near Cleveland that houses hundreds of victims just like you and me. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, but it’s close enough to home to merit a visit. The unsuspecting Ohioans eternally resting in its hallowed ground had their lives unexpectedly interrupted in 1849, when Northern Ohioans thought they were far away from the epicenter of the disease. Their story won’t be forgotten.

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This incredible cholera cemetery near Cleveland is a reminder that our lives have changed in an incredible way. Mass graves are fortunately no longer the norm, though the U.S. would face another few cholera outbreaks before the disease largely died out on American soil. Have any of your family members ever recounted tales of this epidemic or any other historic disease outbreaks? Tell us in the comments!

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