I have a different Tombstone Tuesday for you today – our visit to Evergreen Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
We were in LA to attend the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree in Burbank California and were offered a chance to tour the cemetery with expert guides and to wrap up with lunch at Philippe’s, another well known landmark in the LA area.
Our guides for the tour were Stephen Goldstein, author of Beneath Los Angeles, Southern California’s Graves of the Famous, Infamous and Just Plain Dead, and Joe Walker, genealogist and frequent contributor to Find A Grave. Our host from SCGS was Jim Beardsley.
Evergreen Memorial Park & Crematory is a cemetery in the East Side neighborhood of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California. Established on August 23, 1877, Evergreen is the oldest, and one of the largest extant cemeteries in the city, with over 300,000 interments. The section near 1st and Lorena Streets was at one time a potter’s field.
Evergreen has several prominent individuals of historical Southern California on its grounds. Many pioneers are interred here, names such as Bixby, Coulter, Hollenbeck, Lankershim, Van Nuys, and Workman. There are politicians, notably former Mayors of Los Angeles. The Garden of the Pines section of the cemetery is a memorial to Japanese Issei pioneers.*
“Rochester” Eddie Anderson’s Grave
[Editor -Stephen Goldstein’s Beneath Los Angeles books are available on Amazon or from his website. Gravehunting With Steve: A Journey Beneath Los Angeles
LA’s Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P.]
*Source – Wikipedia