Mountain View Cemetery

Took a walk in Mountain View Cemetery this weekend for some prime Bay viewing. It was too hazy to see across the water, but it is arguably the best place to go for views of downtown Oakland.

Mountain View is well known for its fancy mausoleums bearing the names of the Bay Area’s rich and famous, from the transition period between Mexican and American ownership of California (mid-1800’s) into the present day. A lot of the grave sites continue to be maintained by the descendants of the original families, giving the hillside a weirdly polished look.

Among all the old money and titans of industry, I do have a soft spot for the grave of Domingo (Domenico) Ghirardelli, founder of the Ghirardelli Chocolate company. To this day they make the only well-known high quality American chocolate.