Sunday, May 24, 2009

Meet: Jennifer J. Regan, "The Graveyard Rabbit of Contra Costa County"

The thirty fifth in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association




JENNIFER J. REGAN





Born in California, I am happy to be covering the county of Contra Costa for Graveyard Rabbits. Anything to expose the world to a different sort of old cemetery-those with thrilling bay views or buried in the sides of undulating, brown-grassed landscapes with cows grazing nearby!

The county I am covering is a broad and expansive one, once covering the entirety of Contra Costa proper, as well as the area of Alameda county. Primarily an agricultural, fishing and mining area for most of its history, Contra Costa historically boasted a diverse and eclectic population from all over the world. Welsh miners, Italian fishermen, homesteaders and dreamers from all over the globe settled in this area, which found economic stimulation from its shipping ports, natural resources, arable land and proximity to the metropolis of San Francisco, located about 35 miles SW.

I look forward to sharing a taste of our Western pioneer cemeteries with you. Posting may be irregular as I balance fun in the graveyard with the raising of my young son, but another visit to a cemetery is always on the calendar, so stay tuned and enjoy a glimpse into life after death, Cali style.




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