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Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland

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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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  • This cemetery is a spectacular example of Olmsted's genius as a "park maker." This cemetery is, indeed, a beautiful and engaging park. It has been said Olmsted made "landscape an instrument of persona...  more »
  • If you find yourself in Oakland and need a spot for some quiet reflection, check out Mountain View cemetery in the Piedmont neighborhood. Gorgeous old trees, beautiful views and poignant stories engra...  more »
  • I've been to a lot of cemetery's (creepy, nope I was an honor guard member) and this by far is my favorite city/county/private cemetery. It is a great place to walk and see the city. Some of the heads...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Many of San Francisco's wealthy historical figures are buried up at the top of the hill, where they get the best views of the most beautiful sunsets. It's stunning And there are wild turkeys running around up there!
  • My favorite cemetery! And one of the best places in the East Bay to catch the sunset- just make sure you get up there before dark, otherwise they close the front gate. If the gate closes on you while you're on the grounds don't worry, it should open automatically to let you out.
  • A gorgeous cemetery, with lovely views of the bay. I'll be back with a book and/or camera in tow.
  • This is an oasis of solitude in an otherwise urban Oakland/Piedmont surrounding. Carefully, maintained, grounds, are perfect for a thoughtful, walk.