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San Francisco’s ‘Odd Fellows Cemetery’

A History of a City’s betrayal of the ‘Odd Fellows’ dead and their families……..

Reburial in 5 acre marked grave site, ‘The Odd Fellows Section’, at Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma, California in 1933……..

Greenlawn Memorial Park ownership’s ultimate betrayal, abandonment and desecration of the ‘Odd Fellows Section’.

In 1932 the City of San Francisco ordered the relocation of more than 26,000 grave site remains from San Francisco’s ‘Odd Fellows Cemetery’ to Colma’s Greenlawn Cemetery. The remains were reburied individually in marked boxes, side by side, each with a grave marker identifying the remains. The grave site designated as the ‘Odd Fellows Section’.

Today the ‘Odd Fellows Section’ is no longer recognizable or approachable as a grave site. In 2003, Greenlawn Memorial Park permitted a ‘fresh cut flower’ nursery business to operate directly upon the ‘Section’. Over the years, farming practices have damaged, scattered, and destroyed the 26,000 grave markers that once identified where remains were placed. Only a neglected, damaged monument, dedicated to the ‘Odd Fellows Section’ remains on site to mark the area as a dedicated burial ground; a cemetery.

How can 26,000 buried souls be treated in such a manner by a state licensed cemetery, their families sent away with no right to visitation? Read on, the story is a tragic one of betrayal to the buried dead, their families, and lost integrity.

See below for where these 26,000 souls are buried today….

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San Francisco’s Odd Fellows Cemetery was unique in its time. This picture, likely taken from the top of the recently completed Columbarium in 1897, shows the cemetery spread out towards the summit of Lone Mountain.
San Francisco’s Odd Fellows Cemetery was unique in its time. This picture, likely taken from the top of the recently completed Columbarium in 1897, shows the cemetery spread out towards the summit of Lone Mountain.