A nice detour from the insanity of Los Angeles - just north of Pasadena and south of the San Gabriel Mountains, is a small cemetery established in 1882 - Mountain View Cemetery. It is also the final resting place of the original Superman, George Reeves.
As an out of work actress in Los Angeles, I end up doing a lot of extra work for film and television. This sort of drudgery can take you to some dusty studio backlots and some very interesting historic buildings in the city. I find that the setting is often more interesting than the stars and the shows I am working on. One day my booking took me way up north of Los Angeles to one of the oldest cemeteries in the area, and of course I had my camera with me! I was dressed like a police officer, and in between shots I would slip away to wander amongst the rows of markers, snapping away.
Set beneath the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, and nestled in the small community of Altadena is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Los Angeles area – Mountain View Cemetery.
It was established in 1882, and is one of the only cemeteries in the area to still be family operated. The layout is not as spooky and rambling as some of the other older cemeteries I have visited – expect straightforward rows and less ornamental markers. But the setting and the surrounding area is so exquisite that this is still a marvelous place to spend an afternoon.
Plus, who could resist a visit to “Superman” George Reeve’s gravesite?