I’m finally getting to tour one of my favorite local cemeteries. You know what would make it perfect? If you could come tour it, too.
Founded in 1854, the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery is the final home of whalers, brewers, cattlemen, a survivor of the Centralia Missouri Massacre, and the brother-in-law of General Mariano Vallejo. Veterans from the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and World War I rest here.
Although the cemetery doesn’t boast any big names, it does contain some interesting stories – and the docents promise more, tailored to Obscura sensibilities:
- John Richards, a very popular black barber, helped resettle slaves freed prior to the Civil War.
- A monument remembers the 75 Santa Rosa victims of the 1906 earthquake.
- “Doctor Dear,” Santa Rosa’s first female physician, was buried here in 1914.
Docents from the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Association will be joining us as guides on this special walk organized for the Society by our resident Bay Area tombstone historian, Loren Rhoads…
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