What with all these cemetery tours coming up in the next month, I am pulling together all my notes for a guide to the historical cemeteries of the Bay Area. Which has led to this: how do you define the Bay Area?
Google isn't giving me a straight answer.
Obviously the San Francisco Bay Area stretches from the City to San Jose. But does it include the coastal cities? Half Moon Bay has a wonderful graveyard with grisly epitaphs and I'd like to include it in the book. Santa Cruz has a beautiful old graveyard, complete with a Chinese oven for burning Hell money. Does the Bay Area stretch to Santa Cruz?
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce site includes Monterey, which would seem way out of the way to me. And the graveyards I've toured there are nothing special.
How far inland does the Bay Area reach? Does it go as far as Fremont?
What about the North Bay? Napa is supposed to have a beautiful old boneyard, but I haven't visited it yet. If I add Napa County to my list, I'm going to have to make a road trip. I don't want to do that until after the harvest festivals are over.
That said, I'm going to count Sonoma County, because I want to include graveyards in Santa Rosa and Petaluma. This morning I found a tour of the Cloverdale Cemetery, which is about the farthest point north I can imagine would fit.
Any opinions are welcome. Along with nominations of cemeteries.
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