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Storied: San Francisco

Oct 25, 2022

In Part 4, we meet Rob Thompson, federal preservation officer at the Presidio Trust. Rob shares the history of San Francisco's pet cemetery, which dates back to 1952.

The pet cemetery sits in a part of the Presidio known as Cavalry Bowl, which for a century was dedicated to animal management when the Presidio was home...

Oct 18, 2022

In Part 3, Courtney tells us all about Alma deBretteville Spreckels, the San Francisco sugar baroness who built the Legion of Honor at Lincoln Park, the cemetery-turned-golf course in the northwest corner of The City. From there, we recount the history of the "Big Four" cemeteries, which were located in and around the...

Oct 11, 2022

In Part 2 of our four-part series, we first hear from Courtney Minick of Here Lies a Story about the parking lot just outside of Mission Dolores.

Then we meet Andy Galvan, the Mission's curator. He tells us all about his work and his Ohlone/Bay Miwok ancestral connection to the place, including the graveyard. We end...

Oct 4, 2022

San Francisco's cemetery history is rich, to say the least. It goes something like this:

  • Mission Dolores cemetery
  • Yerba Buena cemetery
  • San Francisco National Cemetery (in the Presidio)
  • City Cemetery/Golden Gate Cemetery
  • The Big 4—Calvary, Odd Fellows (including the Columbarium), Masonic, Laurel Hill

In Part 1 of the...