Learn about life, death, demographics, and geographical expansion in early Los Angeles as we explore the history of the city's earliest efforts to dispose of the dead. Los Angeles in the 19th century was a Wild West town filled with illness, violence, and mystery. From the start, city and church officials were never able to keep up with the city's population, living or dead. You'll participate in a discussion of burial practices, explore the stories of those interred therein, and learn about the vital role these areas played as city parks. You'll also hear how the perception of cemeteries transitioned from a source of public pride to a form of public nuisance, including the city's slapdash efforts to disinter the bodies of thousands of pioneering Angelenos in the name of progress.
During this 2.5-mile walking tour of downtown Los Angeles, you'll map the Pueblo's earliest days by visiting the former sites of the city's first graveyards, including the Catholic Cemetery, Fort Moore Hill Cemetery, and the City Cemetery.
Hi. I’m Hadley, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.
I am a journalist based in Los Angeles. I primarily write about hidden and forgotten Los Angeles histories and consider myself an inquisitive urban explorer. I have a personal mission to make the past accessible to everyone. I have led tours for both Atlas Obscura and Cartwheel Art for many years.
For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.
You will receive our exact meeting location in your ticket confirmation. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes. This is a 2.5 mile walking tour.
There are 10 spots available on this experience.
Guests ages 14 and up can attend.
- Bottle of water
- Comfortable shoes
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.