It was a crisp and colorful October afternoon when the Windy City Explorers toured Graceland Cemetery, final resting place of many famous Chicagoans.
We began with a reading of "Injun Summer" by John T. McCutcheon, the famed journalist who penned this work in 1907. McCutcheon rests here at Graceland in the company of his peers.
We visited the powerful monument that famed sculptor Loredo Taft designed for Dexter Graves, abtly titled, "Eternal Silence."
Pioneer John Kinzie's simple grave.
The many rows of tombs were frighteningly peaceful. Many had interiors bathed in the light of stained glass. We lined up to enjoy!
We saw the wooded, hiilltop repose of Bertha and Potter Palmer
We visited Daniel Burnham on his peaceful island.
We marveled at the Historic Getty Tomb.
... and wondered about the mysterious marker of Inez Clark. We were disappointed that she did not come out to play as rumored in popular lore.
We saw odd markers that provoked ghostly questions.
.... and amazing tributes to powerful men like Victor Lawson!
From the simplistic beauty of Louis Sullivan's marker ....
To the impenetrable fortress of Martin Ryerson,
We had a grand experience remembering those who made Chicago great!
Participants had this to say about the haunted Graceland Cemetery Walk:
This meet up was a "monumental" history lesson. And it was a drop "dead" gorgeous day. I really enjoyed it, the beauty will "haunt" me forever. Though the group was "dying" for more, it hand to "end". Thanks!
A nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there .... just yet.
Excellent day, friendly explorers and an interesting cemetery loaded with history and varied tombstones or markers. Thank you Tom for the 'Injun Summer' piece, relevant information and the humor!
Thank you for a great first experience with the group Tom and Chantal. It's always great to make it out of a cemetery alive.
A BOO-tiful day of weather with two SPOOK-tacular hosts! Once again, Tom and Chantal, your tours are fun and informative! Many Thanks!! :-))
It was to die for!
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