Forest Lawn Memorial-Park: The Unauthorized Guide
Copyright 2011 Mark Masek
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Forest Lawn Memorial-Park
1712 S. Glendale Ave.
Introduction: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale, Calif., is one of the most well-known and frequently visited cemeteries in the United States, perhaps in the world. Though it’s hard to imagine a cemetery being a tourist attraction, Forest Lawn attracts more than 1 million visitors every year. Before Disneyland opened in Anaheim in 1955, Forest Lawn was the top tourist attraction in Southern California.
Although many visitors come to pay their respects to a loved one or friend, the vast majority of people who pass through the main entrance gates on Glendale Avenue come hoping to find the grave of their favorite celebrity. (The entrance gates, erected in 1932, are reportedly the largest wrought iron gates on the world, taller by five feet than the gates at Buckingham Palace – get ready for an endless string of superlatives when you visit Forest Lawn.)