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Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena

#415 of 457 in Historic Sites in California
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Family operated since 1882. Nestled below the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, in Altadena, CA. We are a location unmatched in Southern California. We are one of the few remaining family-operated cemetery/mortuary properties in the area. Our tradition of service was established in the nineteenth century, yet offers the full personalization made available by today's technology. We invite you to visit our grounds 365 days a year, from 8am to 5pm.

Professional funeral staff are available 24 hours a day.

We are a full service funeral home, mortuary, crematory, and cemetery serving families at need and pre need. We are here to provide individualized, professional services to each person that walks through our door.
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  • Within these grounds lie the remains of the history of Altadena, a site of multiple filimings of movies and TV as it and its mausoleum can pass for many places. I contains above ground monuments...  more »
  • During an infrequent visit to visit the graves of my great-great grandparents I noticed the large stone with their surname was about 4 inches off its concrete base. It may have slid during an earthquake. I contacted the cemetery office by email and got an almost immediate reply. They agreed to reposition the over-500-hundred-pound block. This was done within 24 hours and I received before and after photos. This service reflects empathy for families of deceased. The grounds are well maintained. Terrific service!!!
  • Well, I haven't been buried there, though I once did sit down to make pre-arrangements. For the community of Altadena, Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum is almost like a local park. (I have heard of people whose parents taught them to drive on the streets that run through the cemetery.) The cemetery has been owned and operated by the historic Giddings family and descendants since it was opened in 1883. It is open every day for visitors to stroll among the tombstones that mark the resting places of Civil War veterans (mostly Union, but some Confederates as well), as well as notables and just plain folks. The pioneer of aerial surveillance, Civil War balloonist Thaddeus Lowe, is interred alongside his wife. Mountain View offers works with performers throughout the year to utilize the facilities for productions. On Memorial Day, reenactors take folks through the Civil War section and further, to some of the first graves, and standing by the Lowe tombstone, bring the family back to life. WickedLit from Unbound Productions mounts a trio of plays there every autumn, using the cavernous mausoleum and grounds to present tales of terror and horror. Whether one goes to make arrangements, enjoy the scenery and the vista of the San Gabriel Mountains (including Mt. Lowe), or attend an event, it is a lovely place to spend some time in Altadena.

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