Calvary Cemetery, established in 1896, may take you away from the lights and sights of Hollywood, but many famous stars are buried here. It’s a little-known and beautiful place to visit in East L.A.
Taking the trip to this historic Los Angeles cemetery will likely take you out of your Hollywood “safety zone”, away from the glitter and glamor of Hollywood Blvd, east of Downtown Los Angeles, and even further east of Boyle Heights, to an area of the city that was once quite posh, filled with beautiful Victorian mansions and endless orange orchards – hence the number of Los Angeles luminaries who wanted to be laid to rest in this sun-baked plot of land. Sadly, the old homes and citrus orchards have been razed to make way for ghastly apartment complexes and slaughter houses, but the beauty of this old cemetery remains intact!
This little gem is set between the careening intersections of the 5, 710, and 2 freeways, and is surprisingly quiet for such a hectic, industrial area.
The cemetery, with rolling green hills and scores of palm trees, was established in 1896, and many famous movie stars and Los Angeles up-starts are interred here (even a few folks in my 1800’s Los Angeles family), including:
Jelly Roll Morton
It’s so vast you could walk for hours and still not see everything. A lovely place for a picnic or just a quiet walk by yourself, with great views of the city in all directions, and lots of fabulous antique stonework – angels, Virgin Marys, and cherubs galore! Definitely not to be missed!