A place of family tradition…
Resting here at Mountain View Cemetery are the remains of Pasadena’s pioneer families, California statesmen, and other historically significant personalities. At Heritage Circle you will find the graves of former Governor of California Henry H. Markham and his wife, the Hollingsworth monument, and the Giddings family monument.
As was the custom in frontier days, residents of Pasadena buried their loved ones on family property. Colonel Jabez Banbury’s son, Charles, and others like Laura Giddings, were buried on land that lay along the Arroyo Seco, now part of the Wrigley Estate. Colonel Banbury decided to sell his property in 1882, which prompted Mr. Giddings to set aside some of his own property to be dedicated as a cemetery. During 1883, 24 burials were moved to the newly established cemetery on Fair Oaks Avenue. Today, after more than 100 years, the descendants of Levi W. Giddings still operate the cemetery, mortuary and crematory.
Through the years, Mountain View acquired nearby mausoleums. Mountain View Mausoleum, located on Marengo Avenue, was considered the crown jewel of the more than 80 mausoleums constructed by Cecil E. Bryan. Its features include the modern New Radiance Corridor and Chapel of the Gardens, along with extensive stained glass installations created by the Judson Studios of Los Angeles, CA. In addition, Pasadena Mausoleum was acquired and expanded to feature an open air section and Sunrise Chapel. Both mausoleums offer the finest in burial crypts, niches and Westminster crypts. Mountain View is also known for its art collection and arboretum-style grounds featuring trees from all over the world.