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Cemetery of the Week #167: Oak Hill Memorial Park

Oak Hill Memorial Park 300 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, California 95125 Phone: (408) 297-2447 Officially Founded: 1847 Size: more than 300 acres Number of interments: approximately 20,000 Founded on November 29, 1777, San Jose was the first secular settlement in Northern … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #166: Tulocay Cemetery

Tulocay Cemetery 411 Coombsville Road Napa, California 94559 Telephone: 707-252-4727 GPS: 38.297821°N 122.271808°W Established: 1859 Size: 49 acres (only 30 of which are developed) Number of interments: More than 30,000 In 1841, California-born Don Cayetano Juarez received the 88,000-acre Tulucay … Continue reading

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Hints at the Mission Graveyards

California Missions and Presidios: The History and Beauty of the Spanish Missions by Randy Leffingwell My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’ve been curious how many of the old Spanish missions still have their original graveyards. This book provided some … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #164: Purissima Cemetery

Purissima Cemetery 1103-1149 Verde Road Half Moon Bay, California 94019 Founded: 1868 Size: 5.5 acres Number of interments: more than 60 Just south of Spanishtown (now called Half Moon Bay), the Northern California town of Purissima was established in the … Continue reading

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Death’s Garden: I Found Love on Find-a-Grave

by J’aime Rubio Okay, so that title probably caught your eye, right? Well, it’s true. I literally found the man of my dreams via Find-a-grave, but the story didn’t start there. In fact, both my story and his were literally … Continue reading

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