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October 3, 2008
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Canon PowerShot S3 IS
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Oct 3, 2008, 1:34:52 AM
Frankenstein's Grave by Granny-Chobit Frankenstein's Grave by Granny-Chobit
Canton, Ohio - Frankenstein's Grave

In the shadows of the McKinley Monument in the northwest corner of West Lawn Cemetery, you will find nestled between two small hedges the tombstone of Frankenstein. It's across from Timken Mercy Hospital on 13th Street, at the top of Serpentine Hill.

The final resting place of Dr. Frankenstein. Rumor has it that a Timken family member in Germany wrote to his successful cousin in America and told him how the grave site of Victor Frankenstein was being defaced and spit upon in their small town. The American Timken and founder of Timken Roller Bearings paid for the remains of the body to be flown to Canton to give Dr. Frankenstein a peaceful resting place.

Every Halloween, as kids, we would dare each other to sit on the tombstone or watch as other kids would have their picture taken beside it.
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stly284 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I have lived in Canton my whole life, and I never knew about this.
ToastWeaselofDOOM Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is SO epic. o.o
LucyTiger Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
I live in Ohio! This is so cool!
Granny-Chobit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that is so cool!!! So glad to meet someone else who lives here!! :hug:
LucyTiger Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
Hehehhe well right now if you are probibly experencing the WONDEFUL Ohio weather!XD But anyways ur so lucky! I have this morbid obbesion with grave stones and if I had found this one I would have had a heart attack! It would have been my ultimate picture!
Granny-Chobit Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I have taken lots of gravestone photos. Trust me you can find some really awesome ones when you least except it.
When our weather defrosts I'll be out there looking again for another cool stone.
LucyTiger Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
me too! I was trying to do it over the fall since we have such nice colors here. But my camera died! :( Would you prehaps like to exchange photos? I have never found someone who enjoys this hobby! It would be nice to have someone to share tips and ideas with!
SanibelRoo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008   Photographer
um - not to be rude but isn't he just a fictional character? Mary Shelley made him up right? I checked Wikepedia and it doesn't say anything about historically based..... am I wrong?

It's still cool - I can see how kids love to be scared by it!
Granny-Chobit Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her character was based on a real person but not by the name of Victor.
Shelly knew about Johann Konrad Dipple. But how much of Dipple's character and experiments are contained in her classic tale
I don't know. One would have to get inside the author's mind. Her vision of Dr. Frankenstein was inspired by stories of Konrad Dipple.
Who was born in the castle and was known to have experimented on dead bodies. Interesting? :D
SanibelRoo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008   Photographer
That IS interesting - I had no idea!!

So the headstone is a fake? Like something for fun? (such as people go to the Bastille and ask where Dr Manet lived) or what is the purpose?

Thanks for the history lesson! :D I am always amazed at what fun tidbits you pick up on DA! :D
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