Monday, April 23, 2012

Yorba Cemetery

The annual Mother's Day Blessing at the historic Yorba Cemetery will be held Saturday, May 12. The cemetery will open at 9am. Mass will begin at 10am. The mass will be followed by an Indian blessing. If you have loved ones in the cemetery, you're encouraged to bring flowers for their graves. The event is open to everyone. If you have questions about the event or the cemetery, contact Diana Robles at (714) 739-5716.

The cemetery is located between Anaheim and Yorba Linda on what was part of Don Bernardo Yorba's Rancho Canon de Santa Ana. It closed in 1939 and is now operated by the County of Orange. It is the "oldest private cemetery in Orange County predated only by the Mission Cemetery in [San Juan] Capistrano."

The great photo of the cemetery's entrance comes from Daralee Ota.


Anonymous said...

I thought the cemetery was in the Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda era. Are you really sure its Placentia?

Chris Jepsen said...

Technically, the cemetery itself is in unincorporated Orange County. The office for the cemetery is in Placentia. However, the unincorporated island the cemetery sits in has Yorba Linda on one side and Anaheim on the other. So you're right. But what a complicated mess, eh?

Anonymous said...

The cemetery sits in the middle of a condo complex! It's the weirdest thing, really. I live very close to it... one of Bernardo Yorba's descendants used to live across the street from us; we once attended a wedding at the family ranch house overlooking the Santa Ana Canyon and the River. Fascinating local history!