I love cemeteries. Pioneer cemeteries that stand isolated in farm fields, huge, old city cemeteries, they’re all beautiful, peaceful places. And good subjects for iPhone pictures.
Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the Midwest. Located on 300 acres of land in the heart of the city, Cave Hill has rolling hills, soaring monuments and more than a little quirkiness.
Many of the cemetery’s monuments are fairly traditional.
Some less so, including this one with a beautiful stained glass inset.
One of the best ideas I’ve seen at any cemetery was at Cave Hill, where families can plant trees to remember their loved ones. I really enjoy that this one was for a fan of “The Big Lebowski.”
Two of the most visited graves at Cave Hill are for gentlemen that have a common history in food.
One is Harry Leon Collins, a professional magician who, according to Internet sources, was a longtime spokesman for the Frit0-Lay snack company.
Apparently in performances he would often, instead of saying “Abracadabra,” say, “Frito-Lay!”
The most notable celebrity at Cave Hill is undoubtedly Col. Harlan Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
A yellow line along Cave Hill’s interior roads leads tourists to the colonel’s grave.
And believe me, the tourists show up to pay homage.
Aside from the pop culture elements of Cave Hill, there’s a lot of truly beautiful work there.