Monday, February 6, 2023

City of Colma, California where there have been more dead than living residents

California ,

There are places, towns, and communities all over the world that are most unique for their history of origin, which can be curious, funny, or even horrifying on some occasions, as it is. Fillalso known as a small town in california “City of Souls”“. You know why?

According to the Colma City Council, the city is the smallest in San Mateo County and is thousand 509 inhabitants,

However, the town has minorities in comparison to more than 1000 residents. 1.5 million people who are buried 16 cemeteries in the cityIncluding a pet cemetery.

Why are there more dead than living in Colma?

In 1849, the Gold Rush brought hundreds of thousands to San Francisco and brought with them diseases that caused high death rates, so 26 cemeteries were established in San Francisco and most were almost full by the 1880s.

Therefore, in the late 1880s, cemetery owners began looking for new properties to bury their dead. The south end of Colma was chosen for transportation reasons, as it was easily accessible by horse-drawn carriages via Mission Street.

It was added that streetcars ran from San Francisco to Colma and trains passed through the cemeteries and stopped at each cemetery.

By the late 1890s, California had passed State Penal Code 297, which prohibited burial anywhere except in an established cemetery. Such as those established by a city, county, national, religious, or organization.

On June 3, 1887, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese established the first cemetery in Colma Tu, Santa Cruz.On March 26, 1900, the City and County of San Francisco passed an ordinance that no more burials would be allowed, as the land was too valuable to be wasted in cemeteries, it was to be used for living.

On January 14, 1914, eviction notices were sent to all cemeteries to remove their bodies and monuments; NoSoon after, however, Colma inherited hundreds of thousands of bodies, many ending up in mass graves because there was no relative to pay the $10 for removal.


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