Graveyards of LA

What Lies Beneath: The Many Mysteries of Pioneer Cemetery

Established in 1874, the second ever burial ground in the Valley now has only 13 or 14 gravestones, and volunteers have put in thousands of hours attempting to piece together the true story of the early settlers who are buried here.

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Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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Happier Hunting Grounds: The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas

Happier Hunting Grounds: The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas

From Jibbs the Chimp actor to Room 8 the cat, over 40,000 animals have been buried here since its opening in 1928.
Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City

Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City

The women and men who created this busy city, who built the movie studios, the hospitals, the charities, the schools, and the industries that make Los Angeles great, are buried in ...
Holy Cross Cemetery: A Catholic Oasis with a Macabre Twist

Holy Cross Cemetery: A Catholic Oasis with a Macabre Twist

From the first Korean saint to the first dracula (aka Bela Lugosi), diverse tales of people from many different continents are all united by a single religion at this Culver City c ...
Valhalla Memorial Park and Portal of the Folded Wings: The Criminal Beginnings of a Burbank Burial Ground

Valhalla Memorial Park and Portal of the Folded Wings: The Criminal Beginnings of a Burbank Burial Ground

In Norse mythology Valhalla is the "hall of the slain," an enormous gallery in heaven filled with valiant warriors and gods; the real story of this Valhalla is strictly earthbound, ...
Eternity with the In-Crowd: Funny Fellows, Doomed Damsels and Hollywood Hangers-on of Westwood Village Memorial Park

Eternity with the In-Crowd: Funny Fellows, Doomed Damsels and Hollywood Hangers-on of Westwood Village Memorial Park

At Westwood Village Memorial Park, the spirits of those who have left are celebrated in an elegant and graceful way; one hopes that the owners of the cemetery will preserve the int ...
Family Plots: El Campo Santo Cemetery at the Workman-Temple Homestead

Family Plots: El Campo Santo Cemetery at the Workman-Temple Homestead

Believed to be one of the oldest private family cemeteries in Los Angeles, it went in and out of the hands of the Workman and Temple families before it was purchased by the City of ...
Evergreen Cemetery: Snapshots of a Forever Changing Boyle Heights

Evergreen Cemetery: Snapshots of a Forever Changing Boyle Heights

African American, Japanese, Armenian, Mexican, Irish, French, Jewish, English, Scottish, Union, Confederate -- all are represented at this first privately operated cemetery in Los ...
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