Died in Long Beach

Cemetery Tales

by Claudine Burnett



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/25/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781524611026
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781524611019

About the Book

Long Beach was one of the many Southern California cities that grew out of the railroad fare wars of the late 1880s. It was built by men and women who toiled to make it the great metropolis it is today. These are the tales of those who died or are buried in Long Beach. Some were illustrious in their time, others just common folk with interesting stories to tell. Politicians, city founders, visitors, influenza victims, Civil War veterans and accident victims are all discussed here, as well as the hospitals, doctors, undertakers and others who cared for the dead and dying. But what makes Long Beach’s Sunnyside and Municipal cemeteries different from all others is the question of whether the bodies said to be there still remain. The “cemetery wars” of the 1920s erupted when oil was discovered on Signal Hill. Oil and other debris ran over the graves and the promised mausoleum that many had already paid for was cast aside in favor of black gold. People were angry, barricading themselves by the cemeteries’ gates to prevent oil rigs from getting to the mausoleum site. Slant drilling caused headstones and markers to sink into the ground, graves were covered by the run off debris from the oil fields above. Many bodies were moved, their headstones left behind, with haphazard records kept of where the corpses were relocated. It would take a 10 year court case to determine if the dead still had “rights.” In this book you will learn about the fascinating history of Long Beach’s unique cemeteries, the stories of those said to be buried in them, and whether Long Beach’s “cities of the dead” may be haunted by angry souls whose final abode did not allow them to “rest in peace.”

About the Author

Claudine Burnett has written several books and articles on Southern California history for which she has received numerous awards. Her credential include a B.A. in history from the University of California, Irvine; a Master’s in information science from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Master’s in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. Several of Ms. Burnett’s books have been used in the production of PBS and CSPAN documentaries. She has also appeared on television and radio. Named one of the city of Long Beach’s most influential people in the cultural arts of by the Long Beach Business Journal she has also been described by the Long Beach Press-Telegram as “one of this town’s finest historians.” Ms. Burnett’s latest book is sure to live up to her reputation as the expert on all things Long Beach.