San Lorenzo Cemetery

San Lorenzo Cemetery

About the Cemetery

The San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery is the final resting place of over 2,500 Alameda County residents ranging from politicians to paupers. It is operated and managed by the Hayward Area Historical Society and the County of Alameda.

On February 27, 1864, San Lorenzo citizens organized the San Lorenzo Cemetery Association to oversee the cemetery. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s the cemetery became overgrown and fell into disrepair. With encouragement from local agencies, including HAHS, the county of Alameda agreed to take over care of the cemetery. On March 24, 1964, one hundred years after the creation of the Cemetery Association, the cemetery was dedicated as the San Lorenzo Pioneer Memorial Park, honoring early pioneers of the area.

Since that time, the County, with help from families, organizations, local residents and HAHS, have maintained the cemetery. County Supervisor Nate Miley approached HAHS to lead the efforts to have the site professionally conserved and interpreted. HAHS now partners with the County to preserve the cemetery.

Location

The cemetery is located at the corner of Hesperian Boulevard and College Street in San Lorenzo, CA.

Access to the Cemetery

Visits to the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery are available and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Please contact HAHS Collections Manager, Heather Farquhar, at 510-581-2516 or email heather@haywardareahistory.org for more information.

Schedule a Guided Visit

Guided visits from our Education Department are also available. See our Guided Visits page for more information.

The Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery (FSLPC)

The Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery was founded in 2010 by HAHS. It was established to assist HAHS with the preservation and promotion of public access to the site. It also serves as a conduit for members of the community and families with relatives interned in the cemetery to have input into management of the site.

Objectives of the FSLPC

To join the FSLPC or for more information, contact Heather Farquhar, 510-581-2516 or heather@haywardareahistory.org.

Who is buried in the cemetery?

You can find a list of names on USGenWeb (usgenweb.org) from the burial records at http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/alameda/cemeteries/san-lorenzo-pioneer.txt. Or you can contact a HAHS archivist at info@haywardareahistory.org.

Well-known cemetery burials