Evergreen Cemetery                                                          Boyle Heights, California

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.

 

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.

 

While Evergreen is notable for never having banned African-Americans from being buried at the cemetery, it is segregated, with sections for Armenians, Japanese, early white settlers, and a large section of Mexican graves.

 

 

I'd heard a lot of really cool things about this cemetery. It has an amazing depth of Los Angeles history. Many of the families that founded the different parts of our city are buried here. A great way to spend an afternoon - bring plenty of water - it is DRY there.
 
No investigations here - just taking in the sights.