Jamboree 2013 ~ First Day ~ Rose Hills Memorial Park

On June 10 I posted Jamboree 2013 ~ First Day. This post brought you to the cemetery I went to visit, Rose Hills.

The Rose Hills sign has been a Los Angeles landmark since apparently sometime in the early 1940's. Rose Hills it's self was started in 1914. Originally the sign was at a much lower level, but now it sits at the top of one of the hills. It is supposedly a neon sign. The lights were turned of in the 1970's to save money but the FAA made sure the sign was lit again as airline pilots used the sign as a navigational point.

Here is a photo of the entrance to gate 17. There are at least 20 gates to this cemetery.

Here are a couple of photos taken from the top of one of the hills. It is a shame it was so foggy, from here I could actually see Los Angeles and it's tall buildings in the back ground, which is difficult to see in this photo.

Another view from off to the other side.

Here is one of the Rose Gardens.

I was given a little booklet about the cemetery. It is full of information! For instance, there is an area where the earliest burials are, some of Whittier's pioneers are buried there.

There are many "lawns," such as the Sunset, Rose and Sierra lawns.  Some of these "lawns are dedicated for religous, ethnic and fraternal groups. There are several mausoleums, chapels, and gardens. There is "Carousel Babyland"(for children and infants), a "World War 1 Memorial," and a "Justice for Homicide Victims Kiosk." 

There is a 2 acre lake at the Japanese garden called "Lake of the Roses." They have an "Arch of Freedom Memorial," a Galleria, and a Flower Shop. 

"Gravity Hill" is an optical illusion. This area leaves you feeling that your car is facing uphill, even though it isn't.

"Sycamore Lake," which is 1.25 acres, is located at a very innovated area. There is a beautiful waterfall into the lake and on the sides of the footbridge there is a dedicated area for cremated remains.

Rose Hill Memorial Park has 1,430 acres with 717 developed. There are 27 miles of paved roads and more than 550 employees. Of course, I didn't see the whole thing (not even close), but was very pleased to see and take pictures of the headstones I recently learned about. Maybe, one day I can spend the day there, just going and looking around all of the grounds, find the lakes and waterfalls, etc.

But for now, I thank the Webb's again for being the great friends they are and taking me to this amazing place! 

Here is the link to the website ~ 

Rose Hill Memorial Park and Mortuary

Finally, on our way out we see...this beautiful deer...

Eating the floral arrangements!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved


  1. Two thoughts, beautiful and huge. I'm glad you got there via Gini and her husband, and they knew their way around this cemetery. I imagine many people get lost in there, at least you didn't.

  2. Barbara, neither of them had been there before, it was my great mapping that kept us from getting lost! ;-)

  3. Thank you for a wonderful experience! I hope to go back one day, I am from up north, and explore more! It is beautiful!

  4. Cheryl, you are so welcome. I would have never been able to experience such a beautiful and vast cemetery had we not taken you there! I am so glad we got to go and that you were able to finally see your relatives graves . . . that was most important for you.

    So, I am thanking you for sharing and getting us there. Who knows, maybe somewhere down the road in my research . . . I will find an ancestor buried there that is in my own family! Steve says you are very welcome, he was glad to do it for ya.

  5. Thank you again, hugs to my great friends!

  6. Cheryl,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/06/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-june-14-2013.html

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Jana! Thank you, wow, I appreciate that you enjoyed the post. Thank you for giving me a heads up too! Have a great weekend too, stay cool!


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