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In 1905, a group of businessmen pooled their resources to form the Inglewood Park Cemetery Association. At that time, the Centinela Valley was a sparsely settled area of farms and small homes. Funeral processions came from Los Angeles on horse-drawn flat carts. Later, with the spread of the railroads, mourners arrived at the cemetery in specially designed funeral cars like the Descanso. The first interment was made on July 20, 1906. There were a total of 32 interments during the first year, a number which was to increase dramatically over the years.
In 1913, seeing the possibilities for affordable crypt entombment— a means of burial usually reserved for the well-to-do in those days—Inglewood Park built the first community mausoleum in the state of California. Many of the original settlers of the Centinela Valley and the South Bay region are entombed in Inglewood Mausoleum, as are a number of Civil War Veterans. Inglewood Mausoleum was to be only the first in a series of structures to be added over the years, making “the burial of kings” available to all in the community.
The Mausoleum of the Golden West was built during the 1930s through the 1960s. With its stained-glass representations of early California, it remains one of the most beautiful mausoleums ever constructed. It was followed in the 1970s by Manchester Garden Mausoleum, a building containing a center Garden Chapel and four side chapels, as well as over two dozen sanctuaries and hallways at ground level and below.
By the latter half of the 1980s, following the tremendous success of Mausoleum of the Golden West, and the enthusiastic response to Manchester Garden Mausoleum, Inglewood Park began making plans for an even grander project. Sunset Mission Mausoleum is designed to provide nearly 30,000 interment spaces and, now complete, is the largest in the nation.
Garden of Chimes is our newest project under current development, providing additional mausoleum space as well as cremation columbaria, family estates, and individual lawn crypts. Grandview, also currently under construction, features both garden mausoleum crypts and lawn crypts.
These and other projects will ensure that Inglewood Park Cemetery will serve Southern California with quality, care and tradition for many years to come. With an Endowment Care Fund in excess of $25 million, we can safely assure you that we will be here when you need us.
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