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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  • Yes, it does seem strange to write about a cemetery, but this one is so different. Heard about this through the folks at Visit Oakland, and I will certainly be back to reflect and explore more. This p...  more »
  • Generally well kept. It was nice to drive and walk through this 200+ acre cemetery to see the creativity in the structures, the inscriptions, historical relevance (like the plots with babies that died...  more »
  • This is my all time favorite secret spot to have coffee from Gaylord’s (yummy) and then head to millionaires row to chill. I sometimes just enjoy the killer view, take a walk, read, write and/or have ...  more »
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  • One of my most favorite places to go. Astonishingly beautiful views, unique statues and structures, peace, quiet. This is the kind of place you can go to clear your head and enjoy beautiful scenery. People jog, walk their dogs, and pay their respects. I like to go here with my guitar and get creative, this place really inspires me and gets my juices flowing. Excellent for picnics too. Easy to explore. So many different subsections. I really, truly love it here.
  • Stunningly beautiful cemetery in a huge, parklike setting with rolling hills and a great view of the city. A really unexpected experience that's perfect for a meditative walk, urban hike, or bike ride. There is a section dedicated to Civil War veterans (with real cannons), and many notable East Bay residents. Don't Samuel Merritt's tomb at the top of the hill.
  • This place is awesome but, the dumb people that runs this place eats ass. No signs at restricted area not posted. Repeated harassed by bay alarms car 180 when you ask him where is this sign at he can't show you. When I called the Cemetery the property manager said there's a sign on a tree but that tree is on the other side where I was at. Basically the people running this place suck dead people's dick.
  • Vincent St. John, the IWW leader for workers' rights, is buried here. The paths are a needful retreat for contemplation and renewal. I'm not sure what "The Saint" would have made of the area's gentrification. But I feel sure he would want us to remember him and organize.
  • "Do the Dead Know What Time It is?" Patchen once asked, "Do the Dead Know, What Time It Is?" Today on this hill, As the towers rise, the cities grow, Fortunes fall, as their voices remain still. No, Kenneth, I think they have long since lost track.

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