President Garfield & Eliot Ness’ Graves


I know what you’re thinking… “ANOTHER cemetery?”

Look at it this way: much of history was created by people now dead. Where are the dead people? Cemeteries. I shouldn’t have to spell it out for you. Cemeteries are very beneficial to society; if it weren’t for cemeteries, we’d have bodies strewn all over the place and think what a mess that would be.

Many cemeteries strive to incorporate culture and beauty into their useful purpose, and this is no different for LAKEVIEW CEMETERY- 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH. Original photo link: *

Lakeview Cemetery is a large (I cannot emphasize LARGE enough) cemetery that, due to its size, is rather peaceful when walking through it, practically void of the bustling city noises surrounding it.

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Besides the impressive monuments, sculptures, and gravestones in this cemetery, there are also many famous persons buried here. The most notorious is James Garfield, former president of the United States (assassinated in 1881 by Charles J. Guiteau). He has a large monument that occupies pretty much the entirety to section 15. Original photo link: *

It is open to the public at various times of the year and does indeed house Garfield and his wife’s caskets.

Another famous individual buried at Lakeview is Eliot Ness, famous crime fighter most widely known as the leader of “The Untouchables.”

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Wikipedia says his ashes were scattered in Dempsey pond and this is simply a marker of this, but can you really trust Wikipedia implicitly? Whichever the case, he is in this cemetery either below or some short distance near this stone.

There are plenty of signs telling you how to get to Garfield’s monument, but little about Eliot Ness. He is in section 7, lot 8 against Dempsey Pond. The sections are not as chronological as would be simple to follow.

If you come in the Euclid Ave. entrance near the cemetery office, go straight at the roundabout. The section to your left will be section 1. Take the first left after that, and you will have section 1 on your left and section 14 on your right. Continue curving around section 1 on that road and eventually you will have section 6 on your right. Take the next road to your right that curves around section 6 (with section 5-E and then 5 on your left). You will very shortly pass Dempsey Pond. Eliot Ness’ grave will be in the narrow section on your right after that (I believe there might have been a batch of trees to your right before that).

Rockefeller is also buried in Lakeview, but alas I did have time to hunt him down when I was there.

In my image search on the internet, I kept finding photos of this memorial at Lakeview.


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I did not find her on my journey, though as I look, I’m rather surprised she did not come to find me!

This is an interesting way to get a little history in your Cleveland visit. Take a few minutes to walk and clear your mind in a peaceful, historic space.

Until next time, dahlings…

*Why am I using other people’s photos when I was there myself? Details in my editorial. Any copyright infringement is purely unintentional and will be correct upon notification.

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