Discovering Hearse Legends, Part 1

June 15, 2009 | | Comments 0

funeral carsHearses and funeral cars are probably the most storied vehicles in the history of our culture. Even before the modern-day hearses, the mystique of death and the horse-drawn carriage has always grabbed peoples’ attention. That’s why there are so many legends about hearses and funeral cars in our society. We would like to explore some of those legends of funerals cars in a multi-part blog series. We hope you will enjoy this and learn something new at the same time.

The Haunted Mansion Hearse
One of the most common legends concerning a hearse takes us to Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. Before entering the ride, an old-fashioned horse-drawn hearse provides an ominous feeling to those wanting a thrill. According to legend and rumors, this is the same carriage that transported the body of Brigham Young, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His funeral took place in 1877, making this hearse more than a century old.

Although this is one of the most prominent hearse legends, it is not true. We know this because there was no hearse at Brigham Young’s funeral. Instead, pall bearer’s carried his casket to its final resting place.

The hearse at Disneyland could be an authentic hearse from the 19th century, but it’s also possible that it was recreated for effect to add a little extra thrill to the Haunted Mansion ride.

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