Inglewood Park Cemetery

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Inglewood Park Cemetery
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CountryUnited States
Size200 acres (0.81 km2)

Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence Avenue in Inglewood, California, was founded in 1905. [1] [2] [3] A number of notable people, including entertainment and sports personalities, have been interred or entombed there.



Left, the chapel; right, entrance and general view, from a newspaper advertisement, 1907 Inglewood Park Cemetery, Chapel and entrance with general view, 1905.jpg
Left, the chapel; right, entrance and general view, from a newspaper advertisement, 1907
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Aerial view, 2008
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Florence Avenue entrance, 2013

The proposed establishment of "the largest cemetery in the world" was announced in November 1905, to be "on a high strip of ground two miles southwest of Los Angeles." [4]

In 1907, a "handsome, two-story, white granite chapel" was completed at a cost of "about $40,000." [5]

Also in 1907 the management placed an order "with the factory in the East" for a $12,000 funeral car to be used "on the electric line" [6] that ran on a right-of-way off Redondo Boulevard (today's Florence Avenue) in front of the cemetery.

Between 1928 and 1948 Inglewood Park advertised itself as the "Largest in California," with a mausoleum, cemetery, and columbarium. [7] [8] [9] From 1948 through 1950 it said it had the "Greatest number of interments in the West." [10] [11]

Organizers and directors

Early backers of the Inglewood Cemetery Association were Senator Robert N. Bulla, Mark G. Jones, Robert H. Raphael, Tom Hughes, P.W. Powers, Byron Oliver, B.J. or V.J. Rowan, F.K. Eckley, C.B. Hopper, Harry M. Jack, John R. Powers, George Letteau, Jennie Wild, and Will G. Nevin. Others were P.W. Powers and D.S. Patterson. [4] [12]

In 1907 the directors were Mark G. Jones, F.K. Eckley, Robt. N. Bulls, John C. Rupp, Robt. H. Raphael, Geo. H. Letteau, and Chas. B. Hopper. The officers were Mark G. Jones, president and treasurer; Chas. B. Hopper, vice-president; F.K. Eckley, secretary; V.J. Rowan, engineer, and Captain L.G. Loomis, superintendent. [13]

Early burials

One of the earliest notable burials was that of Webster Street, justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona between 1897 and 1900, on September 23, 1908. [14]

Another was the September 12, 1908, funeral of Los Angeles city Police Chief Walter H. Auble, who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Thousands came from Los Angeles on carriages and aboard special Los Angeles Railway streetcars. [15] [16]

Notable interments

(Note: This is a partial list. See also Category:Burials at Inglewood Park Cemetery.)




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Horace G. Cates
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Grave marker for Gordon W. Norris




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Cesar Romero






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References to burials or entombments at this cemetery can be found in the articles if not listed below.

  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Inglewood Park Cemetery
  2. "Inglewood Park Cemetery: Heritage". Inglewood Park Cemetery. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  3. U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration; Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (July 2011). "Crenshaw/LAX Corridor Project: Final Environmental Impact Statement/Final Environmental Impact Report". Archaeological Resources. pp. 4–195. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Los Angeles Men Plan an Immense Cemetery," Los Angeles Herald, November 26, 1905, image 14
  5. "Chapel Is Completed," Los Angeles Times, December 22, 1907, image 45
  6. "Inglewood: Order Is Placed for Special Car," Los Angeles Times, November 26, 1907, image 24
  7. "Cemeteries," Los Angeles Times, April 29, 1928, image 14
  8. "Funeral Directors," Los Angeles Times, May 24, 1936, image 46
  9. "Funeral Directors," Los Angeles Times, March 16, 1948, image 29
  10. "Cemeteries," Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1948, image 30
  11. "Cemeteries," Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1950, image 49
  12. "Large Beautiful Cemetery," Los Angeles Times, March 25, 1906, image 74
  13. Advertisement, Los Angeles Times, October 30, 1907, image 25
  14. "Former Justice Street Will Be Buried Today," Los Angeles Herald, September 23, 1908, image 10
  15. "City to Honor the Memory of Brave Captain," Los Angeles Herald, September 12, 1908, image 12
  16. "Thousands at the Funeral of Captain Auble," Los Angeles Herald, September 13, 1908, image 5
  17. Baha'i Encyclopedia Project
  18. BOYER, EDWARD J. (1989-05-11). "Stylish Performer Taught Stars to Do His Steps : Willie Covan, 92; Veteran Tap-Dancer". Los Angeles Times. ISSN   0458-3035 . Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  19. Benoit, Tod (2003-05-06). Where are they buried?: how did they die?. Black Dog Publishing. p. 423. ISBN   978-1-57912-287-4 . Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  20. "Etta James Honored at Inglewood Cemetery Memorial," KPCC, January 28, 2012
  21. "Councilman Evan Lewis' Funeral Services Conducted," Los Angeles Times, May 9, 1941, page 20 Library card required
  22. "Dr. Lindley Is Laid to Rest," Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1922, page I–4 Library card required.
  23. Gamson, Joshua (2005). The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco. New York City: Henry Holt and Co. pp.  272. ISBN   978-0805072501..
  24. Allan R. Ellenberger (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 181. ISBN   978-0-786-40983-9.

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