Haunted Bellefontaine Cemetery…St. Louis

It goes without saying, most feel that Cemeteries are haunted with spirits that for some reason, still roam the Earth.  I have always found a peace about them- the large trees, rolling hills of grass, and a sense that I’m never alone, but also that I am in no danger either.  So on this road trip, I have been exploring more of these types of places and less the buildings with their tickets and hours.  Not that they don’t have hours as well, but I can come and go as I please, and just enjoy looking and talking to them.  We put these stones to remember our loved ones, yet with the over 30 at least now I have visited so far, it was sad to see barely a live soul there. So I almost feel like I am visiting them, yes, I am wierd, and no, I’m not a psychic. Just like to love on souls.

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Upon my visit to the great City of St. Louis, I read up on a couple of really interesting Cemeteries, this being one of them. Located along the river banks of the great Mississippi, (Do yall want to know HOW many times I have had to type that and having to channel my inner grade student? LOL), this beautiful resting place hosts some famous souls. William Clark of “Louis and Clark” is memorialized here with the words “His Life is Written in the History of His Country.” Wow, just beautiful! My luck my stone will say “Duh.”

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The Cemetery boasts of Memorial Arcitectural works that have been documented with the National Registry of Historic Places. Started in 1875, the Bellefontaine Cemetery has so many born and passed in the 1800’s, that the vibe in here is certainly an air of ancient.  It just feels old. I’m always drawn to the older tombstones, the masoleums and crypts, and the statues that some chose to have on top of their stones to be remembered by. Personally, I love the picture ones, so you can see the person when they were happy and full of life.

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The Lemp Mansion…Most Haunted in St. Louis

Another location I had heard about for years was the “Lemp Mansion.” Located in St. Louis, Missouri, at 3322 DeMenil Place, this Mansion holds lots of secrets, and sadly, many suicides.  Found in the posh side of town, what was then known as “Benton Park,” Lemp built this home from his fame and fortune from his Brewery, found just down the road from his home.  Adam Lemp came from Germany and decided to sell his own vinegar and beer here in the States. His beer became popular because it was German lagers instead of the American Ales, focusing and creating his “Western Brewery.”

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As generations lived on over the years, indiscretion, children out of marriages, disease, and so on, would move four of the family members to commit suicide INSIDE the house. And of course, with so much death in the home, there was bound to be a few who stayed behind to haunt.  Everything from appartitions, slamming doors, cold spots, and more have been experienced inside the house. After the last of the family members passed, it was turned into a boarding home and then again bought and revived in 1975.  The Pointer family brought it back to it’s glory, and it now serves as a Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast.  LempMansion4LempMansion2rsz_img_0415rsz_img_0436 (1)

I was touring all day when I came upon this on Saturday, August 22nd. I was so excited to see it, and of course, they had a wedding going on so it was a no go to walk in. Again, what is meant for me is meant for me, and maybe I was being kept from something sinister and I am OK with that!  Honestly just the outside of the home had a very dark vibe to it, and I just felt heaviness on my chest as I looked up into the windows.  The neighborhood it sits in is also famous and adorable and it was just neat to see it all in person.  If you like the haunted stuff, I highly encourage you to call ahead for dinner reservations or room reservations and then you can say you stayed at one of THE most haunted places in the U.S.! Want to read about more haunted places? Check HERE and enjoy!rsz_img_0433rsz_img_0438

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Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, IL… Al Capone’s Final Resting Place.

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There is peace found in places where all that lives is silence. It’s what brings me to these solitudes, to walk among the once vertical and chat. Might seem strange to some, but if you know me, you are not surprised.  What people don’t realize is that you can learn so much from a walk amongst the dead, what they stood for, or lay for I guess now, and what they wanted to be remembered by. I have seen some strange stuff this summer, and I’m not talking Covid, but the stones, and monuments that people chose to be remembered by are very interesting.  When I look up a Cemetery, I am looking for the older ones, the 1800’s have THE most beautiful pictures and stones. I also do my research to see if someone famous has been buried there, which a quick chat wit Sir Google will always help you find that!

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Today’s Cemetery adventure took me to Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, located at 100 S.. Wolf Road.  As you drive in, you can’t help but drop your jaw to the floor. Hills and hills of tombstones make it look like something you would definitely find out of a horror film, and it doesn’t help things that THIS Cemetery is known as the “Mobster’s Cemetery.” Why? THE Al Capone is buried here, along with Frank Capone, Ralph Capone, Vincent Drucci, Sam Giancana, Genna Brothers, Jake Lingle, Antonio Lombardo, Jack McGurn, Charles Nicoletti, Frank Nitti, Dean O’Banion, Frank Rio, Roger Touhy, and Earl Weiss.  The Capone stone was huge, and surrounded by many family members who are buried there. To find it, enter the Cemetery from Roosevelt Rd, and he’s about 6 stones down on the right. It’s actually on the list of “Route 66 Roadside Attractions.”  Apparently they had to move Al Capone to this Cemetery from Mount Olivet because of constantly dealing with grave diggers at the previous place. It was beautiful to see all of the fresh rose petals and candy all over the graves. I paid my respects and left.  

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Also noted that several Cardinals and Bishops were buried here, as it is a Catholic Cemetery, along with Dennis Farina (actor), and MLB Baseball Players, Jack Powell and Ken Silvestri.  A famous gal and ghost story surrounds Julia Buccola Petta, the “Italian Bride.”  Check out her story tomorrow on the blog! I encourage you to take a sunny day and drive through and read the stones, for what they are there for is TO be remembered. Thanks for reading!

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Let’s see the HOUSE Pictures of “House on the Rock”

I took so many wonderful pictures during my time at “House on the Rock,” that I wanted to make sure to not overwhelm my readers with a novel of pictueres. So to break it up a bit, I thought I would just post a couple of pictoral posts about some of the rooms that were JUST AMAZING!! For more information about my visit, check out the FULL POST HERE. The “house” portion of this attraction is just as bizarre and crazy as the rest of the place! It contains 14 rooms, and I don’t know how I would ever feel comfortable in a home like this. Low ceilings, deep living spaces, slanted windows, staircases, and carpeted ceilings. Words don’t do it justice, just check out the pics below and enjoy! 

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