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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

San Mateo County Cemeteries: Home of Peace

San Francisco Bulletin
28 Oct 1865
p3 The Cemeteries of San Francisco

Home of Peace Cemetery was was dedicated in Nov 1888 by Congregation Emanu-El on 20 acres at the foot of the San Bruno mountains. 

It was the third cemetery established by the congregation, the first opened during the gold rush on Vallejo St., the second Navai Shalome, (the Peaceful Abode) in 1860 in the area that is now Dolores Park. Across Eagle street Giboth Olam (Hills of Eternity) opened early the next year. 

In 1888 the two congregations bought adjoining land in San Mateo County and all burials were removed from San Francisco and reinterred individually. 
San Francisco Chronicle
30 Nov 1888 p8

San Francisco Chronicle
27 Dec 1888
Today there are designated sections for two bay area synagogues; Congregation Beth Sholom (San Francisco) and Peninsula Temple Sholom (Burlingame).   

Some of the famous buried there include: the Fleishhaker Family (banking); Adolf Sutro; Levi Strauss; the Sellerbach Family (Crown Zellerbach); and IW Hellman (founder of Wells Fargo).


Home of Peace Cemetery 1299 El Camino Real, Colma (650) 755-4700
Home of Peace on FindAGrave  over 3000 listings over 80% photographed

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