Los Angeles, 1877: a sleepy village of 10,000 souls on the cusp of a wild real estate boom. In the budding Eastside suburb of Boyle Heights, a group of civic minded citizens establish a 67 acre cemetery with room to grow for the city to come: Evergreen!
Join Esotouric for an immersive time travel trip from the cemetery’s founding through the present day, revealing the colorful characters who helped shape the ethnically mixed, non-denominational cemetery and the city, including prominent families like Lankershim, Hollenbeck, Van Nuys, Bixby and Workman, and other fascinating figures who rest forever among 300,000 souls. You’ll see beautiful early monuments crafted by local stonemasons and a rare signed memorial, spot the lucky lizard, the hidden maiden and the prancing pink tiger, descend into the Chinese Shrine and visit the shores of the lost Crystal Lake.
This walking tour draws on newly discovered, unpublished documents to tell the forgotten early history of L.A.’s oldest cemetery, and is illustrated with rare photos you can view on your smartphone.