Mountain View Cemetery is a large 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.
California's important historical figures, drawn by Olmsted's reputation, are buried here and there are many grandiose crypts in tribute to the wealthy who are buried there, so many 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.
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.
Notable burials [ edit ]
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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.
Politicians and government officials [ edit ]
Washington Bartlett, Mayor of San Francisco 1882–1884, Governor of California 1887
Coles Bashford, Governor of Wisconsin and Arizona Territory politician
Warren B. English, US Congressman
John B. Felton, Mayor of Oakland (1869–1870)
William M. Gwin, one of California's first Senators
Henry H. Haight (1825–1878), Governor of California 1867–1871
William Knowland, U.S. Senator, Publisher - Oakland Tribune
Adolphus Frederic St. Sure, Federal Judge
Samuel Merritt, early Mayor of Oakland
Romualdo Pacheco, Governor of California 1875
George Pardee, Governor of California 1903–1907
George C. Perkins, Governor of California 1880–1883; U.S. Senator, 1893–1915.
Industrialists and business people [ edit ]
Warren A. Bechtel, industrialist, founder of the Bechtel company
Anthony Chabot, father of hydraulic mining and benefactor of Chabot Space & Science Center
Charles Crocker, railroad magnate, banker
William E. Dargie, Owner - Oakland Tribune
Frederick Delger, German shoemaker and multimillionaire
Freda Ehrmann, mother of the California ripe olive industry
J. A. Folger, founder of Folgers Coffee
Peter Folger, American coffee heir, socialite
Domingo Ghirardelli, namesake of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
A.K.P. Harmon, lumber and shipping magnate, secretary Oakland Tribune Publishing Company
Henry J. Kaiser, father of modern American shipbuilding
Ingemar Henry Lundquist, mechanical engineer, and inventor of over the wire balloon angioplasty
C.O.G. Miller, head of Pacific Gas Lighting Corporation
Isaac Requa, made fortune in the Comstock Lode and railroads
Joe Shoong, Chinese immigrant and founder of the National Dollar Stores chain
Francis Marion Smith, the " Borax King"
Military [ edit ]
Thomas Hill's grave marker
The Miller Crypt pyramid.
Arts and Culture [ edit ]
Leandro Campanari, Italian-American violinist, conductor, composer and music teacher.
Herbert A. Collins, landscape and portrait artist
Ina Coolbrith, California's first poet laureate
Andre Hicks (aka Mac Dre), Northern California Rapper
Thomas Hill, artist
William Keith, California landscape artist
Bernard Maybeck, architect
Julia Morgan, architect
Frank Norris, author
Douglas Tilden, sculptor
Malonga Casquelord, Congolese dancer, drummer, choreographer and founder of Fua Dia Congo.
Local History [ edit ]
Edson Adams, laid out the city of Oakland
Rev. Benjamin Akerly, pioneer Episcopalian cleric of the Bay Area, performed the dedication of Mountain View Cemetery and officiated hundreds of its burials
Moses Chase, believed to be the first American to settle in the East Bay area
David D. Colton, namesake of the city of Colton, California
Alexander Dunsmuir, builder of the Dunsmuir House Rev.
Henry Durant, first president of the University of California, Berkeley
Joseph Stickney Emery, founder of Emeryville, California
Anna Head, founder of the Head-Royce School
Jane K. Sather, donor of Sather Gate and Sather Tower to the University of California, Berkeley
Francis K. Shattuck, prominent in the politics and early development of Alameda County, Oakland and Berkeley.
John Swett, Founder of the California Public School System.
Charles Lee Tilden, namesake of Tilden Regional Park
Volney V. Ashford, exiled revolutionary
Cloe Annette Buckel, one of the first female doctors in California
Henry D. Cogswell, dentist and temperance movement crusader
Marcus Foster, first Black Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, California, first victim of the Symbionese Liberation Army
David Hewes, who provided the " Golden Spike"
Bobby Hutton, first treasurer of the Black Panther Party
Fred Korematsu, challenged Executive Order 9066 in the landmark Supreme Court case Korematsu v. United States
Joseph LeConte, co-founder of the Sierra Club
John Marsh, first American doctor in California, also helped spur transcontinental wagon travel
John Norton Pomeroy, law professor at Hastings College of the Law
William T. Shorey, the only African-American whaling captain on the Pacific coast
Elizabeth Short, unsolved Hollywood murder victim known as the Black Dahlia
Josiah Stanford, older brother of Leland Stanford and ran Stanford Winery
Mac Dre, famous California rap artist [2 ] There is one
British Commonwealth war grave, of Pilot Officer James Raymond Lippi, an American born member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who died in 1942. Lippi was born in [3 ] Santa Cruz, California and went to Canada to enlist for World War II.
References [ edit ]
^ Famous People at Mountain View Cemetery - Comprehensive List
^ Mac Dre
^  CWGC Casualty Record.
External links [ edit ]