Saturday, October 24, 2015

Lake View Cemetery: A Cleveland Treasure

The Cleveland Ohio Skyline, from the Garfield Monument

A cemetery seems like an odd place to visit for fun, but Cleveland’s Lake View Cemetery is brimming with points of interest. The cemetery contains the monument to James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States. It also contains the Wade Chapel, which was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, containing a gorgeous Tiffany window and mosaics.  There is also a huge dam inside the cemetery that many people don’t know about.  It seems well hidden – if something that size can be hidden at all! Scenes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier were filmed on the dam and other spots in the cemetery.

Best of all, the view of the City of Cleveland from the balcony of the Garfield Monument is probably the best in the county and is worth the climb up the spiral stairs to the balcony.

Lake View Cemetery is a spectacular place to visit in the spring when the flowers and trees are in bloom, but it is also lovely in the fall when the trees change color. Having a pleasant weather day, we decided to take a short trip there.  As we’ve been to the cemetery before and have seen the grave sites of many famous people such as John D. Rockefeller and Eliot Ness, we spent all our time at the Garfield Monument, the Wade Chapel, and the dam. Here are a few photos for your enjoyment. (Click on any image for a larger view.)

Garfield Monument

Wade Chapel

Lake View Dam

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