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Topic: Cemetery Adventures, take 3
Necromantique
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Posted: May 05 2001,7:34 pm

I just saw a program on the Discovery channel, I think< about Colma, CA.  Apparently it is the largest cemetery in the US.  Anyway I was thinking that maybe some of us from the borad should take a Morbid Field Trip ;)
Leilah what do you think?

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james chandler
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Posted: May 05 2001,7:45 pm

meow

sorry , i haven`t said that yet before.
i need more tuna
and milk!


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Leilah
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Posted: May 05 2001,9:01 pm

Where have you been, Necromantique! I've been yammering on about Colma on our various boards for some time. It's not ONE LARGE cemetery, the whole city is literally just cemeteries. SCORES of them! Large, wonderful, parklike places. I go there every year, have been since about '81. Cypress lawn is a wonderful place! In fact, a LOT of the images I've used in the Gothic Tarot come from there. There's an amazing, really huge black angel smack in the middle of it that I photograph every time I'm out there. Colma is just a short train trip from San Francisco, and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone venturing that way. Not to mention the scores of "secret" vegetable gardens that the migrants plant behind and between the cemeteries. You can literally live right off the land, and then wander over to the Italianate Cemetery and choose from the tons of wine bottles that are left on the graves.

Colma's a wonderful place! The tombs are very elaborate and very uniquely California! The hills can be a challenge for we flatlanders, though!

I've got a few great books from the gift shops at Cypress Lawn, and a cool bumper sticker that reads "Alive and Kickin' in the City of the Dead".



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rot prophet
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Posted: May 05 2001,10:15 pm

Hell`s yeah

prrr.

home.sweet.home

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daoine o
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Posted: May 06 2001,2:00 pm

I would *love* to visit Colma!  Like Leilah said, it's an entire cemetery city, a literal 'necropolis'!  From what I understand, way back when, the city of S.F. said there could be no more burials in the city beyond what cemeteries were already there, so Colma was founded.  There are more people dead than living there.  Sounds like our little slice of heaven!  :biggrin:
And I'll actually have a chance to go there...my mate's sister lives in Mountain View (S.F. suburb) and one of these days, we're going to visit.  They can go see all the *other* sites, and I'm gonna have them drop me off at Colma!  With a *buncha* film!  Wheeeeeeeeeee!  :jump:

:asthanos: <--- can i take him with me?

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Leilah
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Posted: May 06 2001,4:57 pm

If your friend lives in Mountain View, I'm sure that you guys have gone to Mountainview Cemetery. I've yapped on about that one as well. There's a few photos from it on the "Bizarre Noir" page. I often refer to it as one of America's most haunted cemeteries. THERE is where I saw that "black flame" being I mentioned in another thread. ALSO, right on the road to Mountainview, DO check out "The Chapel of the Chimes". A MOST fabulous, victorian columbarium that's mazelike and absolutely beautiful!

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Grim Reaper
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Posted: May 14 2001,4:36 pm

THIS is the sort of thing I have been looking for for a long time now!! Thank you for making me aware of this plave that sounds so ...for lack of a better word... WONDERFULL! As I live in the middle of NOWHERE with only a little tiny tini cemetary here I don't realy get to do mutch of annything along the lines of stroling down the aisles of the dead and just sort of absorbing the peace that so often hangs over sutch places.

I will absoluteley check that place out when I get to the states! Perhaps it would be a good idea to organize a little field trip to Colma aswell... if you need anny help doing that let me know, and I will organize something.

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risingspirit
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Posted: Oct. 18 2001,8:59 pm

I love Coloma and Mountain View Cemetary. They are in my backyard. I live in the SF Bay Area nd I've been to both frequently. It would definately be worth the trip. Another one in the area is Piedmont cemetary. It's huge and many of the graves are hidden and grown over, I love going to those places because not many other's do. If you go to Coloma, I recommend bringing a picnic because it could take all day to check out everything. There is even a pet cemetary there. I find them to be very sweet and some of the most haunted places. Have fun!

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risingspirit
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Posted: Feb. 01 2002,11:58 pm

I went to Colma a couple of weekends ago with our buddy, Dean. He was at the Balck Celebration with us this last year. How lucky we were that he moved to Oakland just after the gathering. We were wandering around Cypress Lawn cemetary(just one huge cememtary among a conglomerate of over 7 huge cemetaries), and we hopped a gate that said "do not enter." We hung out for a while in this old, exhumed grown over crypt that must have fit over 50 coffins at one time. Dean had a camera, so we crawled in the coffin holes and snapped shots of each other.  We posed dead of course. It was very qiet, dark and peaceful there. One of the most calming places in the world. The next best thing would have been if the crypt was fully occupied! :death: Then we strolled around some more and sat down in a beautiful clearing dotted with tiny headstones of babies and had a picnic. The weather was beautiful, the birds were chirping and little white, purple and yellow flowers bloomed all around us. It was so magical and peaceful! :smile:

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Leilah
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Posted: Feb. 02 2002,1:52 pm

Hi Rising Spirit, welcome back!

Cypress Lawn is GREAT!! Did you see that huge black angel near the left entrance. I have nearly 250 pics of C.L. and I know that underground crypt you're talking about. Several years ago, it WAS occupied, and it had a fountain in the center. It was hidden by what I could only describe as a "hobbit tree", and if you looked beneath the brush, you found a staircase that went down to it. I have lots of pics of that as well. Over the years, the bodies were moved (some stolen!!) so they gated it off. Nice to see that you both found it again.

Give Dean a hug for me, okay? :rose:

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