Colma, California: Circus Showfolks of America Memorial
Olivet Memorial Park
- 1601 Hillside Blvd., Colma, CA
- Olivet Memorial Park, South of Daly City on Hillside Blvd, entrance is south of F St. Follow road left into cemetery then head for the back. At the large black sailor sculpture, turn left and the show folk are on the left.
- Cemetery hours. (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour
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Visitor Tips and News About Circus Showfolks of America Memorial
I remember when the clown monument was a brightly painted, huge wooden board grave placard back in the '60s and '70s. If was 6 feet tall and 3 or 4 feet wide with a huge, grinning clown on it. You could practically see it from any part of the cemetery.
It was always so creepy! My Dad used to like to drive past it thinking I wanted to see the clown. From the time I was 4 or 5 I have hated clowns. Trust me, although still sort of creepy, this monument is a definite improvement![Louise Ann, 10/14/2008]
In Colma (a.k.a. the City of the Dead) there are a lot of crazy monuments in the cemeteries. One of my favorites is the Memorial for Circusfolk. Paid for by the Showfolks of America, the memorial is the final resting place of a number of circusfolk. The monument is marked by a giant yellow clown face, as well as a merry-go-round and big top tent.[Brian, 04/14/2005]
May 2006 - Photo added.
Ed Vinson wrote in "Visitor Tips" on 2/23/99 about the graves for circus people in Hugo, Oklahoma. I want to let you know that Olivet Memorial Park in Colma, California, set aside a section for circus and carnival workers in 1945. The section is now full and is marked by a large granite monument with a really scary-looking clown on it.[Cindy, 03/04/1999]
Olivet Memorial Park is also the location of a couple of Miracle Virgin Mary Tree Stumps.