Bernardo Yorba grave
land grantee Bernardo Yorba's
gravesite behind fence
Yorba Cemetery (oldest private cemetery in Orange County, 1858-1939)
Woodgate Park (at Woodgate Dr. & Parkwood Ct. in a middle-class neighborhood)
Yorba Linda, California


Yorba Cemetery, Placentia, 1969 (B&W photo of cemetery in open field)
"Yorba Family's Cemetery: California's Oldest" by Marie E. Northrup,
National Geneaological Society Quarterly, June 1969.

*Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá (est. 1769), the first of 21 Spanish missions,
has the oldest cemetery in the state after excluding pre-colonial indigenous burial sites.
Yorba Cemetery burials
Yorba Cemetery Burials
1858-1939
The legend of the Pink Lady is a story that was made up to spice up a dare, and the fiction gained a foothold in people's imaginations over the years. The Pink Lady is a young woman in a pink gown who died in a carriage accident on her way home from a dance. She is said to make her appearance every two years or so, preferably even-numbered years, on the night of June 15. The name of one of the people buried in the Yorba Cemetery, Alvina de los Reyes who died in childbirth, was arbitrarily linked to the Pink Lady. (source: The Yorba Linda Star community newspaper accounts on the Yorba Linda History website)

Photos copyright © July 2009 Kat Avila / Time: Late morning / Camera: Canon SD1000
Notes: Call (714) 973-3190 on the 4th Thursday of the month for tour availability (given 1st Saturday of the month). The tour is the only way to get into the cemetery. The cemetery is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC at all other times. When closed, photos must be taken from outside a cast iron fence surrounded by a hedge.
Yorba Cemetery gate
front gate
Yorba Cemetery plaque
"… For almost a century,
members of many early
California families were buried
here." (text from plaque)
Historical Site No. 25
cemetery
center of cemetery
facing Woodgate Dr.
cemetery
center of cemetery
facing Woodgate Dr.
cemetery
right side of cemetery
facing Woodgate Dr.


Halloween decor
near Court of Serenity
on Halloween
2009.10.31
Fairhaven Memorial Park (est. 1911)
1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, California

Member of the American Public Garden Association
for the over 1,000 trees on its 73 acres.

Photos copyright © 2009, 2013 Kat Avila
Time: Late afternoon
Camera: Canon SD780 IS (2009),
Canon SX210 IS (2013)
mausoleum window
mausoleum window
illustrating "The Departure"
from Alfred Tennyson's poem
The Daydream
2013.3.24
mausoleum window
"Across the hills, and far away
Beyond their utmost purple rim,
And deep into the dying day
The happy princess follow'd him."

2013.3.24
angel
angel
Memorial Garden
2009.10.31
Waverley Chapel
Old English-style Waverley Chapel
is in the background.
You could actually have
your wedding there.
2009.10.31
Waverley Chapel
Waverley Chapel
bell tower
2009.10.31
Oxford Gardens
Oxford Gardens
next to the mausoleum
2009.10.31
Oxford Gardens
Oxford Gardens
2009.10.31
Douglas Corrigan
Douglas Corrigan (1907-1995)
Famous for his "wrong way"
flight to Ireland in 1938
after being denied permission
for a transatlantic flight.
2009.10.31
Glenn L. Martin
Glenn L. Martin (1886-1955)
aviation pioneer
2009.10.31
Francis Hall
Francis C. Hall (1908-1999)
CEO of Rickenbacker (guitars)
after Adolph Rickenbacker
sold the company to him.
2009.10.31
Leo Fender
2009.10.31
Leo Fender
Leo Fender (1909-1991)
electric guitar pioneer

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
(1992)

2009.10.31
Fairhaven Mausoleum (est. 1916)
A crying child could be heard in the mausoleum's basement when there were children's crypts there (but not anymore), so the story goes.
Fairhaven Mausoleum
from the front
2013.3.24
Fairhaven Mausoleum
front entrance
2009.10.31
mausoleum chapel
mausoleum lobby
2009.10.31
mausoleum dome
mausoleum dome detail
2009.10.31
mausoleum basement
mausoleum basement
2013.03.24
Santa Ana Cemetery (est. 1870) borders Fairhaven and is managed by O.C. Cemetery District, which also oversees Anaheim Cemetery (est. 1867) and El Toro Memorial Park (est. 1896).
Santa Ana Cemetery
2013.3.24
J. W. Layman memorial
The J. W. Layman (1861-1928)
memorial honors an early
prominent citizen of Santa Ana.
2009.10.31
J. W. Layman memorial
J. W. Layman memorial
2013.4.7
Smith memorial
Carey R. Smith was president
of Savings Bank of Santa Ana
established in 1889.
(Name visible on other side
of Smith memorial.)
2013.4.7
Alfred Avila
1996 interview photo of my
dad and mom (the ghost) was
taken by Michael Jones here.
main entrance
main entrance
mailbox
mailbox
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery (est. 1930)
Largest of three managed by the Diocese of Orange
7845 Santiago Canyon Road (at Amapola Avenue), Orange, California

Actress Ruby Keeler (1910-1993; married at one time to Al Jolson) and
Carl Karcher (1917-2008; founder of Carl's Jr. fast food restaurants)
are interred here.

Photos © July 2009 Kat Avila / Time: Late a.m. / Camera: Canon SD1000
landscape
view adjacent to cemetery
Sisters of St. Joseph
Sisters of St. Joseph
of Orange
memorial
St. Jude Thaddeus
St. Jude Thaddeus is the
patron saint of lost causes.
St. Jude
St. Jude Thaddeus
Pray for us
gravesite
I hadn't visited my grandparents and great-grandparents
in years, so I wasn't quite sure where they were buried.
Maybe it was just an eerie coincidence, but in this photo
of where I parked I couldn't have lined it up any better.