2. El Carmelo Cemetery / Little Chapel By-The-Sea Crematory
65 Asilomar Blvd.


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The crematory
Flagpole with cannon at base in honor of Pacific Grove's Lucius Fairchild Post #179 of the GAR.


Founded in 1891, run by the City of Pacific Grove since 1948, this is the "pretty little cemetery where you can hear the waves drumming always" mentioned in Cannery Row (Chapter III). 

Get the City of Pacific Grove's online map of the cemeterey here.
Ricketts' parents, Charles Abbott (died 1936) and Alice Flanders (died 1946), are buried here (on the right side as you enter the cemetery, count four rows up from Asilomar Blvd. and 44 and 45 grave sites towards Lighthouse Avenue, about the middle of the row). Steinbeck's sister Elizabeth rests nearby, a few more rows into the cemetery and closer to the road.
Continue around the cemetery; near the exit on your right is the crematory.
Ricketts' body was cremated here and his funeral was held at 2 p.m. on May 12, 1948. He is buried at the Columbarium at the Monterey City Cemetery.
The City of Pacific Grove maintains the cemetery, and has plots for sale. Visit their site here.

From the cemetery gate, drive directly across Asilomar Blvd. and park. You are now behind . . .