San Francisco Finds a Final Resting Place for the Dead

February 20, 2004

Source: The ContraCosta Times

On February 20, 2004 The ContraCosta Times reported, "The city has finally found a resting place for the remains of nearly 100 Gold Rush-era San Franciscans unearthed three years ago during construction of the Asian Art Museum. Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, a small city with 17 cemeteries just south of San Francisco, has offered to take the remains of 97 men, women and children who were originally buried in the city's first public cemetery - now the site of City Hall, the museum and the new city library. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the move when it meets next week. But some city leaders are worried that museum visitors, especially those with Buddhist or Taoist beliefs, will stay away when they learn that the deceased still haven't been properly buried. Over the past three years, the remains - mostly fragments of bones, clothing and jewelry - have been stored in boxes in the basement of the coroner's office."