Unless you're dead, mourning, or a high school-aged goth, a cemetery probably isn't the first place you'd think to hang out at on a sunny day. But there's something about the Mountain View Cemetery that invites a demographic that is very much alive. On any given day, the 220-acre cemetery serves as a backdrop for dog-walkers, joggers, teenagers and twentysomethings with an affinity for loitering on mausoleum steps, and those curious spectators who want to see some of the historic gravesites that fill the late-19th-century cemetery. Chocolate king Domingo Ghirardelli is buried there, as is the "Big Four" giant Charles Crocker and the American novelist Frank Norris. There's something calming about walking along the cemetery's twisting pathways and hills, among its aging headstones and bubbling fountains, contemplating life and death among thousands of people who ask nothing of you other than to respect their places of rest.
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