Lone Mountain (California)

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Lone Mountain
Lone Mountain from the northeast, July 2020.JPG
Lone Mountain from the northeast in 2020
Highest point
Elevation421 ft (128 m) NAVD 88[1]
Coordinates37°46′45″N 122°27′07″W / 37.7790963°N 122.4519159°W / 37.7790963; -122.4519159Coordinates: 37°46′45″N 122°27′07″W / 37.7790963°N 122.4519159°W / 37.7790963; -122.4519159[2]
Lone Mountain is located in San Francisco County
Lone Mountain
Lone Mountain
LocationSan Francisco, California
Topo mapUSGS San Francisco North

Lone Mountain is a neighborhood and a historic hill in west-central San Francisco, California. It is the present-site of the private University of San Francisco (USF) Lone Mountain Campus. It was once the location of the Lone Mountain Cemetery, a complex encompassing the Laurel Hill, Calvary, Masonic, and Odd Fellows Cemeteries.[3]


Lone Mountain is one of San Francisco's historic hills. The Spanish name for Lone Mountain was El Divisadero, from the Spanish divisadero, which means a point from which one can look far.[4]

The Lone Mountain Cemetery was opened on May 30, 1854.[5][6] In 1867, the cemetery was renamed Laurel Hill Cemetery.[5] After decades of litigation and public debate, the gravesite remains were all moved primarily to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in the city of Colma, immediately south of San Francisco. In what writer Harold Gilliam described as "an act of civic vandalism," thousands of crypts and mausoleums were unearthed, the granite and marble dumped along the Pacific shoreline to reinforce seawalls.[7]

The Lone Mountain College (formerly Sacred Heart Academy and San Francisco College for Women) was founded in 1898; and changed leadership and ownership many times, before becoming part of USF. The Lone Mountain area is also known as "University Terrace" because of the terraces that connect the two USF campuses.


The Lone Mountain neighborhood of San Francisco is a vibrant and includes residential, commercial, and a university community.[8] It is also home to the Angelo J. Rossi Playground and Rossi Pool located at Arguello Boulevard and Anza Street.[9][10]

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  1. ^ "Lone Mountain, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  2. ^ "Lone Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
  3. ^ Kastler, Deanna L. "Cemeteries". Encyclopedia of San Francisco. San Francisco Museum & Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  4. ^ "Appendix B: Streets of San Francisco". San Francisco History. San Francisco Genealogy. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  5. ^ a b Unmaking Historic Spaces: Urban Progress and the San Francisco Cemetery Debate, 1895-1937, by Tamara Venit Shelton, California History, volume 85 number 3 2008
  6. ^ "Laurel Hill Cemetery". Daily Alta California. April 12, 1867.
  7. ^ Thompson, Walter J. "In The Shadow of Lone Mountain". San Francisco History. SFgenealogy. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  8. ^ Kastler, Deanna L. (Winter 1992). "Lone Mountain, Lone Mountain & Laurel Hill: From Necropolis to Residential, Commercial, & University Neighborhoods". FoundSF.org. The Argonaut, V.3, No.1. Retrieved 2022-10-15.
  9. ^ Whiting, Sam (2021-11-26). "Francisco Reservoir on Russian Hill set to reopen as public park in early 2022". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2022-10-15.
  10. ^ Keraghosian, Greg (2016-10-30). "Places in San Francisco you had no idea used to be cemeteries". SFGATE. Retrieved 2022-10-15.

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