Evergreen Memorial Park & Crematory in Photos and Clippings

As part of my wonderful experience Death Salon last weekend I attended a tour of Evergreen Memorial Park and Crematory led by Atlas Obscura’s Matthew Blitz. I took quite a few pictures and it was really difficult for me to not do my normal graveyard wandering because there were so many interesting markers not included in the tour. I could have easily spent a day just touring the grounds, but time didn’t allow for much exploration. Here are just a few of the photos and clippings from my “collection.” I’ll save the rest for individual posts here and on Misc. Tidings of Yore.

I would’ve been fine with that ice cream truck coming through the graveyard. Ice cream socials are my favorite.
The Japanese American War Memorial
One of several headless angels.
There were certain places where the grass was greener than that of the surrounding space. I noticed several people (not employees) watering the plots of their buried friends/family. This was the grave of William Seymour, called “the most influential black leader in American religious history.”
Palm trees in a cemetery!
The Atlas cat
“Ladies Auxiliary Pacific Coast Showmen’s Assn. Organized 1930”
Across from the previous marker was this one: “Pacific Coast Showmen’s Association Organized 1922” Between these two areas over 400 carnival workers and performers are buried. The area is referred to as “Showmen’s Rest.”
This tree was beside the Ladies Auxiliary monument.
This was near the end of the tour, when time was running out. I didn’t have time to explore this area.
This is the marker for industrialist Charles Canfield and his wife Chloe. I’ll be writing more about them later.
According to the guide, this was the chapel in the movie, “Mask.” I don’t remember that film well enough to recognize it.
I had to throw at least one filtered picture into the mix.

From the San Francisco Call’s June 1, 1894 issue is this article about Delia Moody, who was so distraught over her husband’s death that she went to his grave not long after the funeral and shot herself. She left instructions that she be buried facing her husband.

Los Angeles Herald 6 Oct. 1909
Los Angeles Herald 19 Aug. 1908
The San Francisco Call 28 Aug. 1909
%d bloggers like this: