Hey guys, this is the Saint Paul’s graveyard
in Key West, Florida, considered one of the most haunted places on the island. I am Praveen
Mohan and on the other side of the fence is the St Paul’s church. This is the very first
cemetery in Key West, and it was much larger at that time. There was no fence and the original
cemetery covered the parking lot extending up to the nearby houses. Now right beneath,
just a few feet below is coral rock, you can’t go too far down.
So if there is not enough depth in the ground, how did they bury them? They would put one
body down, and stack the rest of the bodies on top of each other from there and just bury
them. Back then, they didn’t know Cement dissolves in sea water, so they were using cement in
the graveyard. Until early 1900s everything went smooth,
but in 1928 a massive hurricane called Okeechobee rolls through and the storm surge is over
6 feet at that point. When water recedes, people come out and realized that all these
graves had dissolved. The graves were gone, but everything inside those graves was still
here. Bodies scattered all over the ground, some wedged up in the trees. Imagine living
here and finding your past lost and loved ones wedged up into a tree.
If that’s not horrifying, they also found bones from a much earlier time strewn all
over the place. They realized this was a graveyard long before the Europeans ever set foot on
this island. The first inhabitants were the Calusa and Seminole tribes who had bloody
battles all over this place. The original name of Key West was Cayo Hueso, which roughly
translates into “bone island”. The entire island was once covered in Bones which is
confirmed by the very first European Captain Juan Ponce de Leon who showed up here in 1514.
I don’t have to tell you they stopped using cement, but things changed after that incidence.
What used to be a quiet cemetery was no longer that way, especially at night. Locals don’t
walk around here in the dark. Quite a few Tourists have seen strange apparitions and
dark figures sneak up on them when walking around here. Of course, most of them can’t
tell if they are real because they are usually very drunk. People have seen a group of children
standing around this angel statue , and if you smoke a cigarette near this cemetery,
the children will get upset. To understand why, you need to understand what happened
in Club Chameleon. I hope you liked this video, I am finding
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