Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Yorba Cemetery - Yorba Linda, California

by Steve Reiss (Dalmdad Landscape Photography - and

 Visiting the Yorba Cemetery is difficult since it is only open 2 hours a month.  The Cemetery is is the second oldest cemetery in Orange County, only pre-dated by the mission cemetery at San Juan Capistrano.

The tour is worth your time, especially if you are interested in the history of Orange County.  The tour leader was a descendent of Bernardo Yorba, one of the most famous of the Californios, and the namesake of the cemetery, all the "Yorba" street names and Yorba Linda, itself.  We were also lucky enough to have some other descendants of the Yorba family on the tour.  The tour gives you a great understanding of what early California life was like.

Information on visiting the cemetery can be found at the OC Parks Page.  If you go, wear a hat, it gets mighty hot out there.

Don Bernardo Yorba - One of the Fathers of Orange County, circa 1800's
Florisa Dominguez, died 1894, age 32

Benigna Peralta (1851-1931)
Jose Negrete (1876-1929) - Local Laborer That Wanted
to Be Buried Overlooking the Train Tracks

A great grandson (still very old) of Sr. Andres de los Reyes Was On the Tour With Us

Frank Apalategui

The Giant Cross that Used to Project Upward
From Ambrosia's Stone is Long Gone

The Children's Corner

Dennis lived less than 6 months

Hanging Holly?

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