English born, Henry Dalton (1804-1884) and his wife, a noble California beauty queen, Maria nee Zamorano (1832-1914) were the original owners of their American Graveyard located in quaint Rosemead, California. A graveyard that over a century and a half would be revived as the El Monte Cemetery Association's (dba) Savannah Memorial Park.
Savannah is also known as the El Monte Cemetery, as it was located in part of neighboring El Monte. It was necessary for the cemetery to be located entirely in Rosemead because the water table in other nearby areas was too high for burial purposes.
THE MEMORIAL PARK TODAY
Dalton was a successful merchant with extensive land holdings in Los Angeles and surrounding areas and is attributed to bringing the world's marketplace back to the San Gabriel Valley during the late 1800s.
Don Enrique Dalton, as he was called in those days, introduced foods he imported to his Rancho Azusa homestead, from all around the globe. Dalton's avocados are recorded as being the first to be planted in the San Gabriel Valley. He also brought 9,000 grape vines from Europe, for wine and brandy, and bees from Italy, for honey.
Around 1846, Dalton discovered two graves on his Rancho San Francisquito property (in Rosemead), protected by a cactus hedge; land which he later donated to the community as a graveyard.
The Dalton estate planted the seeds of international innovation and urban structure for future generations living in the San Gabriel Valley and their legacy lives on at Savannah Memorial Park.
Savannah has grown beyond burials of pioneers and now represents those buried here during the course of our nation's history.
Our residents include Veterans from wars beginning with the War of 1812, plus individuals and families who lived in, or have families still living in the San Gabriel Valley.
The El Monte Cemetery Association has a stewardship program reaching out for those who can help us to work on the restoration, conservation, beautification and maintenance needs the Memorial Park relies on today and into the future.
We have over 3,700 documented graves to visit in our four-acre cemetery with a number of mystery graves needing investigation.
Currently, the El Monte Cemetery Association is undergoing dramatic landscape changes to reflect an 1850 pioneer native landscape and habitat. We are challenged to lower our carbon footprint regarding water conservation as California is experiencing a severe drought. We are proactively making these changes to show our community and visitors how to make open urban landscapes attractive while using less water, especially in an environment notorious for water consumption.
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Located At: 9263 Valley Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
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Rosemead, CA. 91770
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