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Mountain View Cemetery (Oakland, California)

Mountain View Cemetery
Millionaire's Row, Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California.
Established 1863
Location Oakland, California
Country United States
Type Public
Size 226 acres (91 ha)
Number of graves > 24,000
Website Mountain View Cemetery web site
Find a Grave Mountain View Cemetery at Find a Grave

The 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.

Many of 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.


  • Design 1
  • Notable burials 2
    • Politicians and government officials 2.1
    • Industrialists and business people 2.2
    • Military 2.3
    • Arts and Culture 2.4
    • Local History 2.5
    • Other 2.6
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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

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.[1]

Politicians and government officials

Industrialists and business people

The statue above Domingo Ghirardelli's mausoleum.


Thomas Hill's grave marker
The Miller Crypt pyramid.

Arts and Culture

Local History


David Hewes burial vault


  1. ^ Famous People at Mountain View Cemetery - Comprehensive List
  2. ^ Mac Dre
  3. ^ [2] CWGC Casualty Record.

External links

  • Mountain View Cemetery web site
  • Cohn, Abby, "They're 6 Feet Under, But Pioneers Draw Crowds to Oakland", San Francisco Chronicle, January 5, 2001
  • Chapel of the Chimes
  • Biographies of people buried at Mountain View Cemetery by Michael Colbruno
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mountain View Cemetery
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