138th out of 155 books — 60 voters
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The official slogan of this quaint and curious town proclaims, "It's great to be alive in Colma " In no other city in the United States would such a slogan have the meaning that it does here. Colma, only 2.25 square miles, has 1,500 living residents but more than a thousand times that in its deceased population. Seventeen cemeteries cover 75 percent of Colma's land. There ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 4th 2007 by Arcadia Publishing
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The only thing that keeps this book from getting 5 stars is that it isn't longer. I have several books on the cemeteries of Colma, California, so it's nice to have one about the city's history prior to its 17 graveyards. Smookler does a good job of giving a sense of what life was like there, before the living were replaced by the dead.