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Piedmont Funeral Home 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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  • Shocking views of Oakland, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Bay. Exciting geology (search the internet for details). Fantastic open space to lay on a blanket, have a picnic, or just walk. Bring a ...  more »
  • Mountain View Cemetery is always will kept and has beautiful maintain grounds. We visit there often to visit families members.  more »
  • Mountain View Cemetery is worth a visit. Before driving through the iron gates, stop at the office. It's located in a building right next to the cemetery entrance. You are free to wander about the man...  more »
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  • Shocking views of Oakland, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Bay. Exciting geology (search the internet for details). Fantastic open space to lay on a blanket, have a picnic, or just walk. Bring a bike for a challenging uphill ride. And the cemetery is beautiful too.
  • Do not bring your loved ones here. Dealing with this funeral home was a difficult process throughout. It was impossible to get ahold of anyone. The date of the cremation kept slipping and no one would return our calls or keep us updated in the process. My family was shamed for not being able to afford a proper funeral service. All these people want is your money.
  • Beautifully designed cemetery by Frederick Law Olmsted (Golden Gate Park, Central Park, Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC). Amazing vistas of the city & Bay from the NE hill.
  • The Mountain View Cemetery illegally required the family to be there to accept the online casket. The family ordered an online casket and saved thousands of dollars. Make sure you shop online before visiting the funeral home.
  • One of the most beautiful places in Oakland. Go up to millionaires row and see mausoleums for Merrit, Ghirardelli, Crocker and many other families important to Bay Area history. You can also follow the road up above millionaire row and get a great grassy view of the city and bay.