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Mountain View Cemetery's main gate 1885 photographed by Frank Rodolph.

Mountain View Cemetery
5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Fredrick Law Olmsted designed a city for the dead

On December 26, 1863 a group of Oaklanders formed the Mountain View Association. They elected officers, choosing Dr.Samuel Merritt as the first president, and began the search for a site for the cemetery. The Reverend I. H. Brayton, who sat on the first board of trustees, sold the cemetery 220 acres for $13,000. Brayton used the proceeds to continue Oakland's College of California, the predecessor to the University of California at Berkeley.

The board of trustees employed Fredrick Law Olmsted, famed for his design
of New York's Central Park, to lay out the cemetery grounds.

Mountain View Cemetery  was dedicated on Decoration Day, May 25, 1865. The first interrment was Jane Weir in July 1865. By 1876, 2,000 burials had been recorded. Today there are approximately 165,000 interred here.

More on Mountain View Cemetery: Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Plot

Take a virtual tour of Mountain View Cemetery on the museumís Web site at

Check out Chris Pattillo's Mountain View Cemetery tree book here.

A three-hour walking tour of the cemetery is offered at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.
For more information call (510) 658-2588

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Photo by Richard Kos
Chocolatier Domingo Ghirardelli built this mausoleum for his family in Mountain View Cemetery in 1890.

Photo by Richard Kos
C.O.G. Miller's mausoleum graces the street just below Millionaires' Row. Miller made his fortune in the Pacific Gas Lighting Corporation. The pyramid tomb was built in 1896 for his first wife, Einnem.

The tomb of Edson Adams in Mountain View Cemetery. The district of Adams Point in Oakland was named for Edson who was one of the founders of Oakland.