Lancaster Cemetery
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Lancaster Cemetery

Lancaster, Los Angeles County , California, USA


Lancaster Cemetery is a part of the Antelope Valley Cemetery District, which became a Special District through the State of California in the year 1950. Burials began at Lancaster Cemetery in the early to mid-1890s in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, California – in Lancaster, a city located in the area known as the Antelope Valley. Burials took place on the property without the permission of the property owner, Benjamin Carter. Lancaster Cemetery was "officially" founded in 1902 when Carter donated the land to Los Angeles County in trust for the citizens of Lancaster (Lancaster did not become a city until 1977). The original land was purchased by Carter for $5 per acre. The deal was made through Los Angeles' first female real estate operator and developer, Alice J. Rutledge. She stipulated ten acres of Carter's land be donated for a much needed cemetery. In the end, County officials decided five acres would do. Previous to the "official" opening, at least nine people were buried on or near the site of the current cemetery, between 1892 – 1901. Visit the cemetery's website for more information: Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. The Cemetery Grounds are open 365 days a year, including holidays, from sunrise to sunset.



  • Added: 9 Jul 2003
  • Find a Grave Cemetery ID: 1966522