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Robert B. Woodward
Birth: Jan. 26, 1824
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Aug. 22, 1879
Oak Knoll
Napa County
California, USA

Businessman, Showman. A native of Rhode Island, Woodward moved to California during the Gold Rush and opened a grocery store in San Francisco in 1849. In 1852 he opened a successful hotel and club for single men called the What Cheer House. Building a large fortune from the hotel, he built an estate in San Francisco's Mission District that quickly expanded into an amusement park that was opened in 1866 as Woodward's Gardens. Known as the "Central Park of the West," Woodward's Gardens featured numerous attractions including museums, an aquarium, a zoo, a theater, gardens, and a conservatory of flowers. Woodward, himself known as the "Barnum of the West, remained in charge until his death in 1879 and his gardens remained in operation until 1891. Originally buried in San Francisco's Laurel Hill Cemetery, he was moved to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma following the outlawing of cemeteries from San Francisco city limits and reburied unmarked in the Laurel Hill mass grave. (bio by: G.Photographer) 
 
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 Children:
  Mary Woodward Raum (1856 - 1947)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Gold rush pioneer garnered a reputation as the Barnum of the West. "Pillars of the Past"
 
Burial:
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
Colma
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Laurel Hill Mound
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Lin
Record added: Jun 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19878465
Robert B. Woodward
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