Photo Flood 34: Calvary Cemetery

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photograph by Jason Gray

Calvary Cemetery, at over 160 years old, is the final resting place for many of St. Louis’ most important residents. Dred Scott, Auguste Chouteau, and Tennessee Williams are among those buried there. This Roman Catholic Cemetery and its natural setting are an exciting visit for anyone with the history of our city in mind.

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photograph by Ann Aurbach

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photograph by Mandi Gray

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photograph by Joe Rakers

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photograph by Susan Price

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photograph by Kelly Burchett

Calvary Cemetery was established in 1854, only a few short years after the adjoining Bellefontaine Cemetery. This was at a time when Downtown was rapidly expanding, forcing most of the existing cemeteries to relocate. That said, Calvary is still the second oldest cemetery founded by the Catholic Archdiocese in the area.

Cholera, a disease spread by bacterial infection (usually due to water contaminated with human waste) hit St. Louis hard in the early 19th Century, and reached its peak in 1849 when the city suffered one of the worst death rates per capita of any outbreak of the disease in recorded history. This reality helped to ensure an early need for Calvary and Bellefontaine.

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photograph by Michael Matney

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Janet Henrichs

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photograph by Dawn Moss

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photograph by Michelle Bates

As mentioned, many of the city’s most famous past residents are buried at Calvary Cemetery, and although less known architecturally than its neighbor, it does possess some amazing structures (including a grand mausoleum for archbishops) and even some that have some interesting legends associated.

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photograph by Michelle Williams

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photograph by Jackie Johnson

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photograph by Michael Matney

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photograph by Donna Burch

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photograph by Sue Rakers

No doubt, a visit to Calvary and Bellefontaine Cemeteries is not to be missed for St. Louis residents and visitors alike. The natural beauty and amount of history contained between them is unrivaled almost anywhere in the region.

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photograph by Ashley Green

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

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photograph by Jason Gray

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photograph by Michelle Williams

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Our endpoint was a small diner and cupcakery called Debbie’s Delights. During our Floods, we’ve visited many of the city’s most iconic diners, and this restaurant deserves a place among them. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, and the Chicken and Waffles were delicious.

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photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

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