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4 Final Resting Places for Historic Figures

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For those families who choose burial, cemeteries serve as a final resting place for a loved one. Cemeteries also are a location to visit your loved one once they pass, and adorn their gravestone or monument with memories or flowers.

Cemeteries are also becoming important to those who many not have a buried loved one. It’s clear that cemeteries are significant for photographers, genealogists, historians, or even tourists looking to pay respect to a former public figure.

Where is the resting place of your favorite historic figure, actor, author or politician? Read below to learn where four historic figures ranging from actors to presidents rest across the U.S.

James A. Garfield: Lake View Cemetery

Buried in our very own Cleveland, Ohio, is the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield. Garfield started his humble beginning in Ohio and was also laid to rest in the iconic Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

Garfield has much more than an ordinary resting place — tourists flock everyday to see the Garfield Monument, which stands 180 feet tall, complete with balconies and 110 life-size statues. The Garfield Monument doesn’t disappoint from the inside, either. The interior, Memorial Hall, is decorated with gold mosaics, stained glass windows and rich red granite columns. 

Check out other famous figures who chose Lake View Cemetery as their final resting place.

Elvis Presley: Graceland

The iconic Elvis Presley (aka the King of Rock) lived anything but an average life, and his presence after death has remained the same. Presley actually has two graves both of which are located in Tennessee. 

Presley was originally buried in a mausoleum in Forest Hills Cemetery in Memphis. However, vandals tampered with his grave, which encouraged his living family to move his resting place. Now, the King of Rock rests at Graceland where tourists have the chance to respectfully visit Presley at his gravesite as part of the Graceland tour.

James Dean: Park Cemetery

Best known for his role in “Rebel Without a Cause,” James Dean had an unfortunate short-lived Hollywood acting career. He died at the young age of 24 in 1955 after a car accident in his iconic racing Porsche. 

Dean was laid to rest in the Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana. The town of Fairmount is where Dean was born and raised, and now welcomes visitors who are looking to pay their respects to the young actor.

Frank Sinatra: Desert Memorial Park

Frank Sinatra has long held the title of one of the most influential musicians of all time. Some may say he was a jack-of-all-trades with a background as a singer, actor and producer during his time.

Now, music lovers convene at Sinatra’s final resting place at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. And just like his life, Sinatra’s burial was quite memorial. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, Sinatra is accompanied with a bottle of whiskey, a lighter and a dollar’s worth of dimes. 

Are you looking for a final resting place for your loved one that is as special as the life they lived? Contact Busch to learn more about burial and cremation services. Our caring staff is available at any time, any day to answer your questions.

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