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Graceland Cemetery Adventures With Mircalla Karnstein

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

This is my first blog & first time sharing a video self narrating. I don't claim to know all the information but from the brief research I have it is laid out here. If you know more about the location, resting sites or occupants please feel free to share. I would love to hear more about this incredible place.

A private cemetery since its beginning, Graceland was established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan, a lawyer with a successful Chicago practice. He purchased its original 80 acres and received a perpetual charter from Illinois in 1861, and soon hired prominent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland to plan its park-like ambiance.

The devastated downtown Chicago. On October 8, 1871, a fire broke out in a barn on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. For more than 24 hours, the fire burned through the heart of Chicago, killing 300 people and leaving one-third of the city's population homeless. While there is little doubt that the fire started in a barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O'Leary, the exact cause of the fire remains a mystery. From the barn at 137 DeKoven Street, on the city's southwest side, the fire spread north and east, into the heart of Chicago's business district.

Rain put out the fire more than a day later, but by then it had burned an area 4 miles long and 1 mile wide. The fire destroyed 17,500 buildings and 73 miles of street. Ninety thousand people—one in three Chicago residents—were left homeless by the fire. While only 120 bodies were recovered, it is believed that 300 people died in the blaze.

Do You Find Cemeteries Peaceful?

  • Yes, they are better than meditation!

  • No thanks, to weird for me.

  • Unsure, I haven't explored one before.

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