Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Santa Cruz Memorial Park
Founded in 1862, and continuously operated , by the Santa Cruz Lodge #96, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The park has grown from a modest size lot to over 30 acres of well maintained grounds. The park has had endowment care since the turn of the century and has always been a source of pride for our community. Many of the areas early pioneers and founding fathers rest in this gentle rolling parcel of land.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a non profit fraternal organization that is dedicated to the advancement of all mankind. The I.O.O.F. was founded so long ago that it is unclear exactly how the order got its name. One story, passed down centuries ago from the old English guilds, tells of the common practice of carting the deceased peasants and orphans to the fields outside of the towns and leaving them to the disposition of nature.
A group were concerned that these poor souls should receive a more fitting ceremony. They banded together, combed the fields, and buried the dead. At the time their countryman thought their activities quite odd, thus the name “Odd Fellows”.
As stated in the wording of a very
Erected by Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 36° 59.218′ N, 122° 1.542′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Ocean Street, on the left when traveling north. The plaque is mounted to a boulder at the southernmost driveway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1927 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Salz Tannery (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of the Original Native American Cemetery Wall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mission Santa Cruz (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mary Amney Case (approx. 0.6 miles away); Isaac Graham: “Swashbuckling Soldier of Fortune (approx. 0.6 miles away); Arthur A. Taylor (approx. 0.6 miles away); California PioneersLouden (London) Nelson (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
Also see . . . A Walk Through Time: A Historical Guide to Santa Cruz Memorial Park. A Santa Cruz Public Libraries Local History presentation by Janet and Randy Krassow (Submitted on August 3, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 4, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.