Odd Fellows Cemetery

Opened: November 19, 1865

Location: Bounded by Geary, Turk, Parker, and Arguello Streets (30 acres).

Closed: Bodies moved in 1929-1935 to Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma, California.

View west, with French Hospital in distance. Columbarium on right. Looking east into the Yerba Buena section from the Friends Home section. The corner stone to the left of the lady in the black dress reads "[...] Friends Home Sec." The steps across the road read: "Yerba Buena No. 15." To the left of the tree you can see the Charles De Young monument. (ANSR), 1900s - (Courtesy of a Private Collector)

All that remains of the cemetery founded on the western slopes of Lone Mountain is the Columbarium, a magnificent repository for cremated remains still in business today (run by the Neptune Society).

A Greek cemetery, close to the current intersection of Stanyan and Golden Gate, was accessed through the Odd Fellows ground until the bodies were moved to the Golden Gate Cemetery. (Although the removal of the bodies may not have been done with the greatest of care. See the 1899 story, "A Neglected Graveyard", on Ron Filion's site for more.)

, circa 1885 - (Courtesy of a Private Collector)

The land, exempting the five-acre plot surrounding the Columbarium, was developed into commercial and residential lots. A large section was used for a public park and pool named after former mayor Angelo Rossi.

Memorial Day ceremonies at Grand Army of the Republic plot in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Parker Monument on upper left., May 31, 1909 - Courtesy of a private collector; California Historical Society, FN-24936


Sources: San Francisco Almanac, Gladys Hansen; "Lone Mountain & Laurel Hill", The Argonaut, Winter 1992, by Deanna L. Kastler.





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