Monday, 15 July 2024

Celebration of Lower Lake Cemetery history to take place May 31

LOWER LAKE – A celebration of 160 years will take place at Lower Lake Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.


The celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the cemetery located on Lake Street in Lower Lake.


Guests will have an opportunity to explore the 25-acre grounds, learn more about its history and obtain information on burials.


Sexton/Manager Eric Pearson said that Lower Lake Cemetery is one of the oldest in California. Reports of its first-known use date back to 1850 while unconfirmed records indicate that the earliest burial occurred in 1824.


He said the first confirmed burial was in 1857.


“Lower Lake Cemetery has been the final resting place for many generations,” Pearson said. “Keeping this cemetery tranquil and serene is the best way to honor the people of our community.”


Pearson said that throughout history, the cemetery has been referred to by many names.


“At one point it was called the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery, Lake View Cemetery and the Catholic Cemetery,” he said. “In 1939, a petition of J.W. Constable was approved and granted by the county of Lake establishing and organizing what is now known as the Lower Lake Cemetery District.”


The Lower Lake Cemetery Districts serves the communities of Lower Lake, the City of Clearlake, Clearlake Park, Clearlake Oaks and Glenhaven.


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