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Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery

Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery

In 1881 the land for this cemetery was purchased, and the first customer arrived in 1884, a Civil War vet who had recently moved to town. This is a lovely, shady, raised burial park with fortified walls and a wrought-iron railing. It also has a new memorial “shed” with touch- screen information on the residents. […]

San Gabriel Cemetery

San Gabriel Cemetery

This historic cemetery shares a common driveway with the Church of Our Saviour, home to a life-size bronze statue of Gen. George S. Patton in the church courtyard and a stained-glass window inside the church of a tank (yes, this was Patton’s family’s church). Take a left at the caretaker’s cottage, past the lollipop- sculpted […]

Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery

Mountain View was created to serve Pasadena as well as the Pasadena Highlands, later known as Altadena. Although located in Altadena, it is Pasadena’s major cemetery, outside of some church sites. This stretch of North Fair Oaks is still fairly quiet and isolated, which makes a visit here all the more pleasant, and it’s a […]

Mission San Gabriel Cemetery

Mission San Gabriel Cemetery

On the north side of the mission, you can’t miss the large wrought-iron cemetery gates framed by tiles painted with welcoming skulls. Aside from tombstones and a few elevated monuments, this large, flat, walled block of land isn’t very inviting; benches for reflecting are as few as shade trees. The prettier burial grounds are inside […]

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

The first in this swank chain of memorial parks (these guys thought up the term “memorial park,” because “cemetery” sounded so gloomy), Forest Lawn gives the deceased an upbeat, sun- and light-filled final resting place. So until Angelenos find a Botox-injected cure for death, we can pay our respects in these wide-open spaces – no […]

4 Parade Routes for Architecture Buffs

4 Parade Routes for Architecture Buffs

Every December, more than a million people will find their way to Pasadena: for the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl, Christmas shopping and Paula Deen head-scratching. Whether you’re a visitor looking to get off the beaten float-viewing path or a local who wants to escape the hoopla, consider taking one or more of these strolls […]

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