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Mountain View Cemetery (Oakland, California)

The Mountain View Cemetery is a 226-acre (91 ha) cemetery in Oakland, Alameda County, California. It was established in 1863 by a group of East Bay pioneers under the California Rural Cemetery Act of 1859. The association they formed still operates the cemetery today. Mountain View was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who also designed New York City's Central Park and much of UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

Mountain View Cemetery
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Millionaire's Row, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California.
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Established 1863
Location Oakland, California
Country United States
Coordinates 37°50′07″N 122°14′13″W / 37.83528°N 122.23694°W / 37.83528; -122.23694Coordinates: 37°50′07″N 122°14′13″W / 37.83528°N 122.23694°W / 37.83528; -122.23694
Type Public
Size 226 acres (91 ha)
No. of graves > 24,000
Website Mountain View Cemetery web site
Find a Grave Mountain View Cemetery

Many of California's important historical figures, drawn by Olmsted's reputation, are buried here, and there are many grandiose crypts in tribute to the wealthy that one section is known as "Millionaires' Row." Because of this, and its beautiful setting, the cemetery is a tourist draw and docents lead semi-monthly tours.

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DesignEdit

 
Panoramic view from the rear of the cemetery, looking out across the San Francisco Bay

Olmsted's intent was to create a space that would express a harmony between humankind and the natural setting. In the view of 19th century English and American romantics, park-like cemeteries, such as Mountain View, represented the peace of nature, to which humanity's soul returns. Olmsted, drawing upon the concepts of American Transcendentalism, integrated Parisian grand monuments and broad avenues.

Adjoining Mountain View Cemetery is Saint Mary Cemetery and the Chapel of the Chimes mausoleum and columbarium.

 
Mountain view cemetery location

Notable burialsEdit

 
View of the cemetery from Charles Crocker's Tomb

There are many notable people interred in Mountain View, many are local figures in California history, but others have achieved wider fame.[1]

Politicians and government officialsEdit

Industrialists and business peopleEdit

 
The statue above Domingo Ghirardelli's mausoleum.
 
The Crocker mausoleum on Millionaire's Row

MilitaryEdit

 
Thomas Hill's grave marker
 
The Miller Crypt pyramid.

Arts and cultureEdit

Local historyEdit

OtherEdit

 
David Hewes burial vault

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Famous People at Mountain View Cemetery - Comprehensive List
  2. ^ Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A (1928). Women of the West; a series of biographical sketches of living eminent women in the eleven western states of the United States of America. p. 59. Retrieved 8 August 2017.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record.

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