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Photo of Saint Louis Cemetery
The cemetery opened in 1867, an extension of a cemetery first built near a Catholic church downtown. The new cemetery was built on the site of old Fort Hill, part of the Civil War defenses southeast of downtown Louisville. The big double-thick limestone rock wall, that is 10 to 20 ft. tall in some places, was built about 1900 by German immigrant, John Gerstle and his sons-Peter, Frank, Charlie, John and Andy. It took them about 11 years to complete it, as they had other jobs that prevented them from working on it constantly. The wall forms a solid rectangle around the 43-acre cemetery and its 48,000+ dead; 5,500 feet more than a mile. Source: The Courier-Journal, article by Bob Hill, publ. 10/22/1996.

Added by: Claudia Jansen Hartley

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