Graceland in Columbus Ohio - How Graceland got it's name

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How Graceland in Columbus, Ohio got it's name.

The Grace of Graceland was a woman...

Grace Murnan?  Did she marry Pat Murnan,  a colorful Columbus Ohio businessman?  Mike Murnan left a comment on a post about Graceland the shopping center we know today and referred to Grace as "Grace Murnan (nee: Grace Backenstow)

Murnan went on to sat Grace: "was the Madam owner of a brothel located at Front and Broad, in the 1920's. "

How Graceland in Columbus got it's name

Just a little bit different version.   Or... was she "Grace Backenstoe"?    According to Doral Chenoweth (the Grumpy Gourmet) that's how Grace's last name was spelled and she was "a very, good friend" of Pat Murnane who owned a gambling establishment in downtown Columbus.

Here's the way the Grumpy Gourmet tells the story of Grace of Graceland....  The Grace who's name graces Graceland, a shopping center since the mid 1950s. Doral Chenoweth's  Columbus Chef's site about long ago restaurants in downtown Columbus mentions Pat Murnan's "gambling operation."  Referring to Maurice Patrick (Pat ) Murnan's downtown office and gambling operation, Chenoweth says:

"Downtown Office of Graceland Stock Farm – Yep, that was the name of Pat Murnan’s wide open gambling operation. Booze, numbers, the works if you wanted to place a bet. The Graceland name came from Murnan’s very good friend, Grace Backenstoe, who owned the farm where Graceland Shopping Center now stands. It was Murnan who engineered the sale of Graceland property to the late Don M. Casto. She had refused many offers until Casto, one evening over a few hard beverages in the Backenstoe manse, sealed the deal by telling her “Grace, you sell it to me and I’ll name it after you.” 

Mike Murnan wrote:

"Maurice Patrick (Pat) Murnan trained his thoroughbred horses at this farm where he lived with his wife "Grace."  Pat also ran a gaming house at Broad & High during the 1920's & 1930's.  Pat dies in 1937 at the age of 76. 

Before he died, Pat named the farm on North High after Grace."

And the shopping area was named after the farm.... which was named after Grace.

At City Hop last week a volunteer who knew a lot of Columbus history called Grace, Pat Murnan's  friend or girl friend too.  Or perhaps she said Grace was his "mistress."

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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Maureen!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.   Have a great Sunday!

OH, and I'm on my way to Graceland!


Sep 25, 2011 02:41 AM #1
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

the Graceland in TN?

Thanks for the mention. 

Sep 25, 2011 03:39 AM #2
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Pat's favorites sent me over here.  I didn't know there was a Graceland, OH.  Thanks for the education.  Are there many Elvis impersonators?

Sep 25, 2011 11:52 AM #3
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Thanks Lloyd.  Graceland is a shopping area on the northside of the city of Columbus. In a comment on a post on my blog here I wondered if Graceland was religious...  I mean there's Graceland in Memphis and Elvis sang gospel music.  I am not sure what Paul Simon's Graceland album was about....  Graceland just sounded religious to me.  Mike Murnan a descendent ( I think I have descendent spelled wrong in this post) of some colorful Columbus characters commented on a post about where the name Graceland came from, a bookie and a madam.  I had read the farm was owned by a brothel owner.  I did not know her name was Grace until his comment.

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