|Links to More Resources on San Francisco's Cemeteries:
San Francisco Cemeteries:
John Blackett's "San Francisco Cemeteries" page has detailed information about numerous SF cemeteries that have come and gone. It also has detailed maps that plot their locations.
Ron Filion's San Francisco cemeteries web page. Similar in scope to John Blackett's page. Extremely detailed and informative!
The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco has several articles concerning the removal of SF's cemeteries. Scroll down to the "San Francisco -- Cemeteries" section to read them.
This is a link to a short 1998 article about photographer Richard Barnes, who chronicled the seismic retrofit and expansion of San Francisco's Palace of the Legion or Honor museum. Approximately 750 sets of human remains were exposed during the construction, as the museum was built on top of the site of Golden Gate Cemetery, also known as City Cemetery. Barnes appears in my film, along with images from his work at the site.
San Francisco Columbrium:
This is a link to a recent San Francisco Chronicle interview with Emmitt Watson, caretaker, tour guide, and groundskeeper for the San Francisco Columbarium. Watson also appears in A Second Final Rest. A restored repository for cremated remains that was once part of the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, the Columbarium is one of the last places where San Franciscans can be interred.
There are some beautiful images of the Columbarium at a simple yet touching site dedicated to an individual who now inhabits the building.
Colma, California -- "City of Souls":
With a living population of about 2,000 and a deceased population of nearly two million, Colma is where tens of thousands of people orginally buried in San Francisco now rest. There are seventeen cemeteries, including Pet's Rest Cemetery.
The Colma Historical Association website provides useful basic information about this unique community whose slogan is "It's great to be alive in Colma!". The president, Pat Hatfield, appears in the film. She spend her childhood years in San Francisco, playing in the city's cemeteries, and has lived in Colma for most of her adult years.
My film is included in the definition of Colma, California on Wikipedia.com!
The "Tales from Colma" website provides an assortment of information about Colma's cemeteries, the second final resting place for many people initially buried in San Francisco.
Offcial Colma cemetery links: