May 19, 2014 — Yesterday I made my annual spring trek to Laurel Hill Cemetery in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. The grounds are lovely any time of year, but spring and fall are my favorites.
Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in the U.S., and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark.
Revolutionary and Civil War heroes are buried on the grounds, along with influential politicians, inventors and industrialists.
This particular section of mausoleums reminds me of a cemetery I visited in New Orleans. The city sits below sea level, which means everyone in New Orleans is buried above ground.
The cemetery is open to bikers, dog walkers, hikers, and picknickers. There are also public tours available.
Phillies broadcast legend Harry Kalas is buried here, with four seats from the old Veterans Stadium standing guard. (Photo by Bill Cannon.)
Here lies Rocky’s wife, Adrian Balboa. At first I thought it was strange to have a fictional tombstone in the cemetery, but this is the city that also erected a bronze statue of the fictional Rocky outside of our sports complex.