In the early 20th century, San Francisco once had issues with corpse. As a result, the city came up with an innovative solution. They sent them to a small community known as Colma. This small town, located 10 miles south of San Francisco has gained reputation for collecting bodies for well over 75 years. About 73% of the town’s land area belongs to both dead folks and those yet to die, while the remaining area is home to over 1,500 living residents. Locals in Colma have a great sense of humor. As a matter of fact, the town is home to more dead people (2 million tombstones) than living (over 1,500 people).
Few buildings with residents living side-by-side with hundreds of tombstones abounds. Residents in Colma have spent most of their lifetime attending funeral processions. The town’s motto is “It’s Great To Be Alive in Colma”.
Often known as the “city of the dead”, Colma has many cemeteries than any other destination in the America. Cemeteries include Chinese cemetery, Jewish cemetery, pet cemetery just to name a few. One of the reasons why there are countless cemeteries in Colma is because San Francisco has laid down rules and regulations prohibiting people from burying a body in the city dating back to the early 1900’s. This is because San Francisco has limited space for more cemeteries and as such no burial ceremonies will be held in the city. In 1914, the prohibition was not just enough so they had to restrategize. For this reason, all cemeteries were evicted and moved to another town. This all led to the incorporation of Colma in 1924, formerly known as Lawndale but changed back to Colma in 1941.
The massive difference between dead people and living has earned the city some nicknames such as “City of the Silent” and “City of Souls”. Renowned for being the largest necropolis in the country, Colma has gained world reputation for burying and maintaining the dead. However, monument builders and cemetery owners have earned a living from this business. Fact remains no matter how healthy people look, they will die someday. Here you will find the final resting place of top personalities including Emperor Norton, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico; and Wyatt Earp, a rugged wild west gunman. Despite the weirdness of this small town, life in Colma is stress free, easy going and fun.