Walking Tours

"Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas"

Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Date: May 4, 2008
Location: 5068 N. Old Scandia Lane, Calabasas, CA 91372, twenty miles northwest of Hollywood in Calabasas.
Cost: FREE but reservations are required by calling 213-229-8890

Led by Joe Walker & Steve Goldstein this tour explores this cosy memorial park to some of the region’s pets. Tucked away in the lush green rolling hills of Calabasas, California, the ten landscaped acres of the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park provide a serene and peaceful resting place for over 40,000 animal companions. The park was founded and dedicated in 1928 and is open for visitation every day of the year. The park is incorporated as S.O.P.H.I.E., Inc. ("Save Our Pets' History in Eternity"). S.O.P.H.I.E., Inc. is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to the preservation of the park. The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park is dedicated in perpetuity.

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photographs of the graves of what he calls "The Famous, the Infamous, and the Just Plain Dead" that make up his as-yet unpublished book, "Beneath Los Angeles."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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