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Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
The Mountain View Cemetery is a large 226acre 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.DesignOlmsted'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.
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  • My sister lives a block away from this cemetery so we would venture out here daily for walks. The cemetery is absolutely beautiful and very well maintained. There are lots of paths for walking and it ...  read more »
  • OK, it's not for everyone, but if you are interested in history, art or gorgeous views, Mountain View Cemetery is more than worth a visit. Check online before you go to see if there are any guided tou...  read more »
  • Contemplate mortality, family, history, poetry, and horticulture as you stroll thru this amazing cemetery. There is a lot of gold rush and California history here. The structures are amazing. On a cle...  read more »
  • It's nice to sit on and climb into rich dead people's tombs and mausoleums. Most of San Francisco's disgustingly rich historical figures are dead and buried up at the top of the hill - Jizillionaire's Row. The ghosts don't like the people stepping on their tomb-lawns or stealing views of the amazing sunsets, but what're they gonna do?...they're ghosts. Take a bucket of Popeye's and have a picnic. Oh! There are also wild turkeys running around up there.
  • Absolutely beautiful place to house a bunch of dead people. I'm sure they won't mind if you cruise up to the top and enjoy the views, especially the sunset. Great landscaping and design too!
  • This is an oasis of solitude in an otherwise urban Oakland/Piedmont surrounding. Carefully, maintained, grounds, are perfect for a thoughtful, walk.
  • Nice folks at the front office. Very caring. Also love the fact that pearl hill was built, a place for Chinese folks
  • Tucked away at the very end of Piedmont Avenue, this gorgeous cemetery is something of a hidden jewel in the Bay Area. It was initially laid out and designed by Frederik Law Olmsted, who is best known for designing Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City. The cemetery sprawls over acres of hills, knolls, ponds, and fountains. The view across Oakland and out to the Bay is well worth the climb or ride to the top. It's also a must-see for history buffs as some major figures in California history are buried here. For exercise, reflection, aesthetic pleasure, and spiritual renewal, it's peerless.
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