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Cave Hill Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY has to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries we have visited. They have many historical tours around the cemetery that you can take. We were limited on time so we drove around the huge cemetery enjoying it's beauty.

The Rustic Shelter House was built in 1892 as a watchman’s house. It is covered in oak bark. This is a copy of the gardener’s cottage in Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon garden in Paris.

Muhammed Ali, born Cassius Marcellius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942 in Louisville, KY and died on June 3, 2016. Ali was a boxer, philanthropist and social activist who is universally regarded as one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. He originally had a simple marker but in October 2016 his grave was given a more elaborate marker. At Ali’s gravesite there are two granite benches where visitors can sit and reflect. He was buried on his side facing east in accordance with his Islamic faith.

The memorials inscription reads: He took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, one teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, one pinch of concern, and then he mixed willingness with happiness, he added lots of faith and he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime and he served to each and every person he met.

Flower Woman - Saundra (Sandy) Curry Twist was a Kentucky beauty queen and fashion model. She was born October 9, 1941 and died January 7, 1981 at the age of 39 when her car hit a tree. Artist Barney Bright was commissioned to sculpt a bronze life-size statue of Sandy. On the pedestal it is engraved “God always seems to pick his prettiest flower”. Flower tributes appear frequently at her grave.

Harland David Sanders was born September 9, 1890 in Clark County, IN and died December 16, 1980 in Jefferson County, KY at the age of 90 of leukemia.

Colonel Sanders was the only fast food franchiser honored with a bust in the state capitol.

After working as a fireman, insurance salesman, streetcar conductor, filling station operator, at the age of 65 he turned his chicken recipe into a fortune maker.

At his gravesite there is a bust sculpted by his daughter, Margaret, in his white suit and string bow tie.

Harry Leon Collins was born April 27, 1920 in Glasgow, KY.

While serving as a marine during WWII he was wounded in Saipan. He was then assigned to the Special Services entertainment branch of the military joining Bob Crosby’s traveling USO show.

After returning to Kentucky, Harry became a salesman for Frito-Lay. In 1970, Mr. Collins made a switch from Frito-Lay sales manager to Frito-Lay corporate magician. Mr. Magic became one of Louisville’s most popular entertainers and traveled the country with his assistant, his wife.

Harry died unexpectedly May 3, 1985 at the age of 65. Artist Barney Bright was commissioned by Mr. Collins' widow to make a life-size bronze of Harry wearing his magician's tuxedo. Visitors toss pennies around the magician's feet.

Patty Smith Hill, born March 27, 1868 in Jefferson County, KY, and died May 25, 1946 at the age of 78. She was a teacher, songwriter, and co-wrote the song “Happy Birthday” with her sister, Mildred.

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