Finally got to peruse beautifully scenic Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall yesterday. Yay! This cemetery has been on my wish list for a long time.
It was a spur of the moment visit. Walter and I had been running errands between Burbank and Santa Clarita. Around about mid-afternoon he noticed the headstones of EV glimmering in the sunlight from the freeway, so we followed the lights....
Lucille in the cemetery office gave us a map of the grounds, amused that we weren't looking for any grave in particular, but rather that we were "just browsing." (Thanks for being so helpful, Lucille!)
One area I definitely wanted to see that was easy to find was the Mark Twain Garden, which features a statue and cenotaph to one of America's most beloved authors and humorists:
Walter reading headstones near Mark Twain's statue.
Someone gifted Mark Twain with some beaded bling.
EV is home to several famous permanent residents, including wrestler/actor Tor Johnson of Ed Wood films fame, singer Gene Vincent and George Spahn, owner of the infamous Spahn Ranch, former Manson Family headquarters.
Since this was a spontaneous trip, we didn't have famous grave location notes from Findagrave.com in hand, but enjoyed getting to know the grounds just the same.
One of the more unsual things to see at EV is the last horse-drawn hearse ever used in Los Angeles County, which is on display just inside the front gate.
See photos of the hearse, and all the pix I snapped yesterday afternoon, on my Flickr album.