The Black Dahlia's grave
A hundred strolls around Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery will result in at least a hundred discoveries. Founders of Oakland, Civil War veterans, labor leaders, duelists, architects, poets, and railroad barons are all here. Also: the tragic Elizabeth Short, aka “The Black Dahlia,” subject of a popular novel and movies, and one of Los Angeles’ most notorious unsolved crimes. (How to find the Black Dahlia’s grave: head to Plot 66 above the hillside mausoleum; the grave is halfway up the hill, not far from the long north-south staircase, and often surrounded by flowers.) If your tastes run more practical than morbid, head to St. Mary’s cemetery next door and pay respects at the grave of a man with a squeaky clean reputation: Ettore Steccone, the Oakland-based inventor of the Squeegee.