Walking Tours

"Evergreen Cemetery"

Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Date: March 1, 2008
Location: 204 Evergreen Avenue, Los Angeles 90033
Meeting Place: At the front agates off of Evergreen Avenue. Park around the cemetery.
Cost: FREE but reservations are required by calling 213-229-8890

Led by Resident Storytellers, Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker, this tour explores one of Los Angeles' oldest cemeteries. Built in 1877, Evergreen is one of the city's largest cemeteries, with 300,000 grave sites. City pioneers like the Workmans, Hollenbecks, and Van Nuys families are buried here as well as lesser known but equally fascinating Los Angelenos. The cemetery also has a special section called the Garden of the Pines, which memorializes Issei pioneers of Los Angeles. 19 th century midwife Biddy Mason, a slave who earned her freedom through the California courts, is also buried here.

Steve Goldstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he developed his love of cemeteries at a very early age. Moving to Southern California at the age of 18, he continued and studying and began his vast collection of photographs of the graves of what he calls "The Famous, the Infamous, and the Just Plain Dead" that make up his as-yet unpublished book, "Beneath Los Angeles." The collection has become a favorite website for many over the past eight years at and has led to Mr. Goldstein being frequently interviewed, including the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, KABC AM Radio, NPR and many other media venues.

Joe Walker is a Crime Analyst with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and has been with the department since 1986. In that capacity, he has worked numerous patrol stations and special unit assignments, including Robbery and Homicide. In 1995-1996, he assisted best selling author James Ellroy, (L.A. Confidential, Black Dahlia). His most recent work was as a contributing writer to the five volume series, "Famous American Crimes and Trials" published in December, 2004 by Greenwood Publishers. Walker wrote about the 1942 "Sleepy Lagoon" murders in Los Angeles and the subsequent "Zoot Suit." Most recently, he is assisting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the 1957 case of Tommy Bowman.

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