Sandusky, Ohio: Cholera Cemetery - Mass Grave

357 cholera epidemic victims were buried in a pit here in 1849. The graveyard features a metal "Cholera Cemetery" gate and a pillar honoring doctors and nurses. The corpses were buried by the town drunk, who was immune thanks to his preference for alcohol over water.
Harrison St., Sandusky, OH
Northwest edge of the city. From US Hwy 6 turn north onto Harrison St. Drive one block. You'll see the cemetery entrance on the left.
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Cholera Cemetery - Mass Grave

I never even knew this existed. It is hidden off of the main road, but worth a stop. A neat piece of Sandusky's history.

[Kathryn Ohm, 04/09/2012]
Cholera Cemetery - Mass Grave

In 1849, a cholera epidemic struck Ohio in which thousands of Ohioans died, including approximately 400 Sandusky residents. Most of the victims were buried in a mass grave on Harrison St., near Sandusky Bay. The cemetery consists of a big metal gate, with CHOLERA CEMETERY in block letters, a few individual gravestones, and a pillar to honor doctors, nurses, and other caregivers.

According to "The cemetery was restored in 1924. It has been neglected since 1850." Whatever that means. Each time I've been there (the last being about 3 years ago), the grass has been mowed and the monuments have been standing.

[Ellen, 07/04/2011]

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