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Obscura Society LA: Buried at Evergreen

Join Obscura Society LA as we discover the stories hidden beneath Los Angeles's oldest cemetery

While Forest Lawn and Hollywood Forever may get more recognition due to their celebrity residents, Evergreen Memorial Park in Boyle Heights is the quintessential Los Angeles cemetery, representing the true melting pot nature of our fair city.  

Established on August 23rd, 1877, Evergreen Memorial Park and Crematory became the first official cemetery in the new blossoming metropolitan of Los Angeles. 136 years later, the cemetery is still very much active and acts as a living (rather dead) history lesson on how a small western Mexican town became the City of Angels we all know. Buried in this 67 acre memorial park are the pioneers, the innovators, the politicians, and the revolutionaries that make up the story of Los Angeles. From George A. Ralph to Biddy Mason, from Potter's Field to the crematory, from large tigers adorning carnival workers' graves to World War II heroes, Evergreen is where Los Angeles history rests in peace. 

Join Field Agent Matt Blitz and Obscura Society LA as we explore and discover this amazing cemetery.  Tales will be spun and graves will be found as Matt will lead the group through this densely populated park. Armed with a love for Los Angeles history and great knowledge of this under appreciated cemetery, Matt will fill you in with all the history, stories, and facts that this park has to offer. It's October and nothing beats an old graveyard during the Halloween season! 


  • We will be walking through an old graveyard for about an hour to hour and half. Please dress for the weather. 
  • Please be respectful of services and mourners that may be in the park while we tour. 
  • Street parking is available. 
  • Meet in front of the cemetery office. Tour will start promptly at 12 pm. 
  • Bathrooms and water may not be available to us. Please come prepared.