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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Mausoleum

Mausoleum. May 10, 2009. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward California. Digital Image. Held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Meet A Rabbit #41

Let me introduce you to our next Graveyard Rabbit, Jolyn Daly who authors the Graveyard Rabbit of Mount Timpanogos. Read about her adventures growing up and where she is at today. She also tells a story of a meeting with another GYR! The post is here. Enjoy!

Meet A Rabbit #40

Be sure to click on the link and check out Graveyard Rabbit #40. This is Brian Zalewski, the Graveyard Rabbit of Southeastern Wisconsin. Interesting article, and to start out so young! You can find the article on Brian here. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Oak Knoll Cemetery ~ Part 5

I know some of you thought I had reached the end of my reports on this cemetery, however I have a bit more to share with you, believe it or not!

This is the hill where Oak Knoll Cemetery once was. For many years this hill has been better known as "Boot Hill." Upon researching, I have found that this term was used for Wild West-era cemeteries. The men buried in these cemeteries were men "who died with their boots on" such as those men who may have died in gunfights. Livermore supposedly didn't have gunfights as you see in the movies though. Another story I have heard is that the students at the high school nicknamed it "Boot Hill."

This is the dirt path I went up to view the grounds of the old cemetery. When I reached the back of the hill, you could see the ball fields from the nearby high school. Hopefully now you have an idea how close the school actually is to the hill, where many students cut across every day of the school year.

I walked around the property, which isn't all that large. The top of the hill is an acre and a half. My most recent understanding is that the top of the hill is privately owned, although I have no idea who owns it. Apparently the city has never taken the time nor the effort to take title to the hill. Part of the land towards the lower area is owned by the city and some is owned by the school district.

As I proceeded around the property, oh wait, what is this hole...?

A closer look brought me to the following site. Surprising to say the least. I can't even imagine this hasn't been filled...especially with all the people going through here! What a field day this could be if someone were to be injured from this...and a reminder that remains of those buried here were never actually removed...

Here I am close to the top of the hill, and there is the road below.

There are some fenced areas, although the gate is open here, so a lot of good this one does!

And the brush needs tending to~

However, can you image back in the day? Before all the building, obstacles and such, what a view there must have been!

Photos - Boot Hill, July 19, 2009, Livermore, California. Digital Images. Held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009
Source - Livermore Heritage Guild,, Valley Times news clippings from March 7, 1999.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Someones grave. October 24, 2008. Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery, Pleasanton, California. Digital Image. Held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Mendenhall

Can you believe it? The story of the Mendenhall's that I have been telling about on this blog, and now I have come across a tombstone of Mendenhall's! This tombstone is located at Roselawn Cemetery in Livermore, California. I actually took the photo of this tombstone back on February 5th, 2009, long before I started the series of Oak Knoll Cemetery.

Here is a close up of the headstone. Mendenhall is listed towards the bottom of the monument, second block up.

William A.- 1823-1911
Mary A . - 1830-1903
William Jr. - 1860-1925

Do you think these people are related to the William Mendenhall that I wrote about? Could this William A. Mendenhall be the founder of Livermore? William Mendenhall senior, the father of the founder of Livermore died on January 12, 1873, at the age of 78 years, 11 months, and 23 days. So conceivably William A. could be his son.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Meet a Rabbit #40

Graveyard Rabbit #40 is ready for an introduction! This rabbit is Brian Zalewski and his blog is "Graveyard Rabbit of Southeastern Wisconsin. Read how a young man got started in cemetery searching! He was only 19 when he started, a rarity in this field! I am sure many wondered what he was doing out in those cemeteries at such a young age. I know you will enjoy reading about Brian and his blog. You can find it here! Enjoy!

Meet A Rabbit #39

Now I introduce to you our Graveyard Rabbit #39! This rabbit is from Texas, her name is Robin Inge, she hosts "Graveyard Rabbit of Wichita County, Texas." She shares her story explaining how and why she decided to become a Graveyard Rabbit. You can read about her here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tombstone of John ? November 6, 2008. San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery. Digital image. Held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

The New Look!

I need to thank "Mr. Deez " for designing another new header for me, this time for this blog! Earlier in the week he designed a header for my genealogy blog at Heritage Happens. I was so excited I could hardly stand it. When I asked him about doing a new header for this site, he asked if I had any ideas. I just threw out at him "How about a graveyard and a rabbit?" Viola, he couldn't have done it more perfectly! In fact, it is better than I could have ever imagined. Thank you, sir!

I will be updating information here, adding the links to other Graveyard Rabbit blogs. I also will still be trying to catch you up on the introductions of all our rabbits. So, be patient and I will have that updated ASAP.

Now, tell me, what do you think of the new look? I say WOWZA!