Long Beach Municipal Cemetery is maintained by the City Department
of Parks, Recreation and Marine. When I was there reading this cemetery
on Jun 11-12, 2002, I have to say I found the cemetery in excellent
This cemetery is situated just east of Sunnyside Cemetery, which
is a privately owned cemetery, abutting the west side of the Municipal
Cemetery. The Municipal Cemetery is the oldest and first
cemetery in the city of Long Beach.
Information in the Questing Heirs Genealogical Society book mentioned
below, says the land was donated by the Bixby Family, along with land
for several parks. First burial was in 1887. All of the early burial
records were lost in a fire in 1936. I have no official documents to
back this up. There are many possiblilties. It would be interesting
to find out when it was decided to change the name from Signal Hill
Cemetery to Long Beach Municipal.
Long Beach Municipal is sometimes referred to as Signal Hill Cemetery.
Tim Thomas provided me with a copy of the Jul 06, 1914 deed from the
city of Long Beach to Norman Argetsinger, for $20.00 for land granted
to Norman at West 1/2 of Lot 56, Block B, for the Signal Hill Cemetery.
This shows us what type of deed was provided to the purchaser of a lot.
Here is a copy of the deed.
There is another story about some burials being moved from land sold
to the oil company. I have found nothing concrete on this, except the
records do mention some being removed, but do not say where from.
I am told that each year since 1995, the Historical Society of Long
Beach sponsors a walking tour of the Municipal Cemetery around Halloween
time, to help cemetery appreciation and historical preservation.
I have acquired a previous recording of this cemetery, which does
not have a date of transcription. Judging from the dates, it was sometime
between 1965 and 1967. This work was published in 1974 by Questing
Heirs Genealogical Society, of Long Beach CA.
Most of these added records appear to be from the Sexton files,
with the dates being either the death or burial date. I have
placed an asterisk (*) at the end of each of these entries, which
means there is no marker and no photo. Information in parentheses
came from a family member.
In 1936 many of the early records for this cemetery were lost by
fire. Some have been and still are being replaced by researching obits
and death records. This is as complete a record as I was able to create
thus far. Please contact me if you find an error I should correct.
Using a digital camera I walked and read this cemetery, with some
hand copying, on Jun 11, 2002. This work contains all existing and
legible headstones and markers, with additions from the above mentioned
work. I estimate at least 30+ were not able to be read, and there
must be dozens of burial places which have no markers.
- Maggie Rail