Secret L.A.: The Unusual Resting Places of Three Famous Figures


Californians who want their remains to remain on private property must go through a laborious application process, but there was a time when being laid to rest beneath your own lawn was no big deal. These famous figures stayed local for eternity

theessentials_masa_tPio Pico (1801-1894)
After the closure of the graveyard where Mexican California’s last governor was buried, his friend Walter Temple moved his body to Temple’s ranch in the City of Industry.

theessentials_masa_tMahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Two years after the Indian independence leader was assassinated, some of his ashes were placed in a 1,000-year-old sarcophagus at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades.

theessentials_masa_tRichard Neutra (1892-1970)
The modernist architect and his wife were buried on their Silver Lake property. The home was left to Cal Poly Pomona, but there is a spot reserved for their (alive and well) son, 88-year-old Dion.