Lakewood Cemetery is located on the eastern shores of Lake Calhoun, directly south of the Uptown area of Minneapolis. I went on the self-guided walking tour with my wife on a Saturday morning and enjoyed strolling through this large cemetery. The day before we were walking around Lake Calhoun for the hundredth time and decided to do something different the next day and walk through the cemetery. We picked up the self-guided walking tour map and the cemetery administration building and used that to figure out where everything was. I was amazed at how large the cemetery was and how long we walked. The walking tour took about 2 hours so it was an interesting way to get some exercise. You can also e-mail the cemetery and arrange a free guided tour. The admin building is only open from 8-noon on Saturdays and 8 - 4:30 Monday through Friday (it is closed on Sundays). Knowing the hours are important as the bathrooms are inside this building.
Highlights of the tour include seeing the graves of many famous Minnesotans including:
Walker Memorial (Walker Art Center)
Charles Loring (Loring Park)
Washburn Memorial (Washburn High School)
Fridley Monument (City of Fridley)
Wellstone Memorial (Senator Wellstone)
Pillsbury Memorial (founder of the Pillsbury Company)
Mars Mausoleum (founder and inventor of the Milky Way and Snickers candy bar)
Hubert Humphrey Monument (Vice-President of the USA)
I also enjoyed visiting the Lakewood Memorial Chapel which is on the north side of the cemetery near the entrance. This chapel was built in 1910 and the interior is made up of small mosaic tiles arranged in the form of some detailed picture. It was cool to stand in the exact center of this building as the acoustics are amazing and everything was amplified (if you moved your feet the sound was amplified and was very loud).
Overall I enjoyed getting some exercise by walking through this interesting cemetery and recommend it.
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