A Visit to Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles

2012-05-24

This is the oldest cemetery in Los Angeles and it is hidden in one of the busiest areas of the city. If you want a quieter alternative to karaoke and Korean BBQ, take a trip to Koreatown and wander amongst the ancient headstones of Rosedale Cemetery, established in 1884.

This cemetery does a great job at remaining hidden, and chances are you will be the only one taking a stroll amid some of the final resting places of Los Angeles’ pioneering citizens. It was built in 1884, and is the oldest extant cemetery in Los Angeles.

It is huge, so I recommend setting aside a whole afternoon to explore this place. There are lots of old trees, mixed in with the obligatory mass of palm trees, and lots of great spots for a picnic or an afternoon with a good book. The statuary here is some of the most amazing I have ever seen – lots of angels, saints, children with missing limbs, etc.

The two major film stars that have been laid to rest at this cemetery are Hattie McDaniel of ‘Gone With the Wind’ fame, and Anna May Wong, an exotic silent film star. Also buried here is jazz great Art Tatum.

Take a trip off the beaten track and visit this historic treasure trove of photo ops!

written by devrimarie on 2012-05-24 #places #koreatown #vintage #spooky #escape-from-the-city #select-type-of-location #graveyard #southern-california #antique #cemetery #los-angeles #location

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