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Sunday, June 30, 2013

San Mateo County Cemeteries: Woodlawn

Every cemetery is exciting, but when you are under two finding one with books, water, pictures, statues, waving birds and more is very exciting.  Woodlawn can provide an hour or so of fun for even the youngest cemetery walker.  

Sweeping views of the area make it a pleasant walk for everyone.  There are a large number of Chinese burials, many with pictures on the tombstones. Perhaps because I am unable to read them, they seem more like works of art than burial monuments.  

Located at 1000 El Camino Real, Woodlawn was established in 1904 as the replacement for San Francisco's Masonic Cemetery, which had been in existence since 1854.  Woodlawn was the twelfth cemetery in the then town of Lawndale.  

You can read more about the cemetery, it's signature castle and early logistics by clicking on History on the cemetery website's About Us Tab.  You will find a contact form on the same tab if you would like to ask for more information on a particular burial.

Brotherhood of the Sea Memorial
Among the special monuments in the cemetery is that of the  Brotherhood of the Sea and among the famous buried here is Emperor Norton.

 Find A Grave has over 8000 interments listed, many with photographs of the tombstones.  You will also find a map of the cemetery.

Billion Graves lists just under 700 burials at Woodlawn.  As most of these have a picture, you might find a photo or burial missing from Find A Grave.

An early picture of Woodlawn can be found in the SF Library photo collection.

Pictures from Woodlawn and other cemeteries can be found on Art in Stitches.

Just in case you would like to understand some of the many symbols found on tombstones, here and elsewhere,check out Cemetery Symbolism - A Wary Glossary

Woodlawn Memorial Park
1000 ElCamino Real, Colma CA 94104
Telephone: (650) 755-1727