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.
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Andy Murdock is an East Bay native and travel writer. He firmly believes that the churro will be the next cupcake, and is helping to make this come true by planting the word churro in his author bios. Tweet about churros to @andy_murdock to show your support.