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Best Place to Spot Blue-Blood Zombies Los Angeles 2011 

San Gabriel Cemetery

We're not saying zombies are real. But if they were, and if they were listed in the Social Registry in life, you might find them at San Gabriel Cemetery after death (and re-animation), clasping their tattered copies of the Blue Book as they search for fresh, er, sweetbreads. Founded in 1872 by some of the area's foremost pioneers, the cemetery is one of the best-kept in Los Angeles, with lush lawns and old trees. The family markers are huge and artful, with gorgeous lettering and decoration. Located just south of the Huntington Library, straddling San Marino and San Gabriel, the graveyard sits on 14 acres behind the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour. It's a pretty and peaceful place to wander in search of tombstones of some of the founding families of Los Angeles, San Marino and Pasadena. Look for the Chandlers' plot — Gen. Harrison Otis is buried there. Also architects Myron Hunt (who designed the Huntington Library and Huntington Hotel, Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena Library, Pomona College, Caltech and Occidental College) and Henry Mather Greene (of Greene & Greene fame). The Patton family of World War II fame is interred here (look for the life-size bronze statue of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. in battle dress). Though the famous general is buried in Luxembourg, his parents and other relatives are all here. (George Patton Sr. was vice president and general manager of the Huntington Land Co. and a director of both the Union Oil Co. and the Los Angeles Railway Co.) You'll find former mayors, bank presidents, railroad barons, business tycoons, Civil War officers — assorted movers and shakers of early Los Angeles and environs, peacefully resting beneath blades of grass ... or are they? 601 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel. (626) 282-2764, sangabrielcemetery.com.

—Samantha Bonar

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