Mission City Memorial Park
420 N. Winchester Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050
[between Scott Boulevard/Newhall Street and Pruneridge Avenue]
Phone: (408) 615-3790
Fax: (408) 244-8660
Monday-Friday, 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm
Grounds Open Daily, 8 am to 5 pm
Cemetery Map (PDF)
Mission City Memorial Park
Mission City Memorial Park is owned and operated by the City of Santa Clara. It should not be confused with the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery (Catholic) that is located on the east side of Winchester Boulevard. The 30-acre, tree-studded site is available to any family that is looking for a beautiful final resting place for a loved one. It is not limited to residents of Santa Clara.
All faiths are welcome
A non-denominational chapel is available and graveside services are allowed. Mission City Memorial Park staff members are sensitive to the traditions of the diverse Silicon Valley community and accommodations can be made for different faith protocols. Monuments and headstones contain inscriptions in Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Spanish, German, Farsi and Vietnamese as well as English, reflecting the multicultural heritage and ethnic diversity of Santa Clara.
Options for final resting places
Mission City Memorial Parks offers families a variety of options for final disposition including in ground burial, mausoleum placement, or in ground or niche placement of cremated remains.
The City of Santa Clara provides permanent records of individuals placed in Mission City Memorial Park and maintenance in perpetuity.
A Veterans Section in Mission City Memorial Park is dedicated to the memory of the brave men and women who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. On Memorial Day, the Section is decorated with 21 American flags as a tribute and celebration of their lives.
The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences of life. Making final arrangements in advance eases the burden of a grieving family and provides peace of mind that your preferences are known and will be honored.
Pre-planning also offer financial benefits since today’s prices will be less than future costs. Residents of the City of Santa Clara are eligible for discounts at the municipal Mission City Memorial Park. A schedule of fees and services is available by calling or visiting the cemetery office.
Advance planning includes these considerations:
- Ground burial, lawn crypt, mausoleum crypt or cremation niche
- Location within Mission City Memorial Park
- Desired wording on headstone or inscription plate
- Preferences for funeral or memorial service
- Other decisions that can be made in advance, relieving the stress of family members as they grieve
Staff members at Mission City Memorial Park will help individuals and families consider all of the options and determine what is the right choice for them. Helpful checklists are available to guide you through the thinking process and gather information in one place that will be helpful for surviving family members to honor the departed and close out their affairs.
Historic Cemetery Self-Guided Walking Tour
Mission City Memorial Park is one of the oldest cemeteries in California. Although burials were made on these grounds as early as the 1850s, the first recorded interment was September 13, 1864. The cemetery contains 1,431 interments made prior to 1900 and thousands since then. It was first known as Santa Clara Burial Ground, then Santa Clara Protestant Cemetery, then Santa Clara City Cemetery. In 1972, it was named Mission City Memorial Park.
A self-guided walking tour through Mission City Memorial Park stops at 60 final resting places of important people in the region’s history. View the walking tour brochure online.
Pioneers and community leaders include:
- The Warburton family
- The Campbell family, whose ranch was the namesake for the City of Campbell
- Franklin Hichborn, known as “Dean of California Journalists” and other members of the Hichborn family who were direct descendents of Paul Revere
- James Billings, a justice of the peace and an early postmaster in Santa Clara
- Maude and Mabel Applegarth, who are mentioned in many of Jack London’s books
- John Dibble, an early member of the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara
- Clarence Upton, who was a member of the State Legislature at the time of his death in 1878
Online Burial Index
An online database of the thousands of individuals buried at Mission City Memorial Park from 1864-1997 is posted on the website of the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society. The database includes the individual’s full name, birth and death dates, age, sex, place of death, and exact cemetery location.
More information about the history of Mission City Memorial Park and some of the pioneers buried there can be found in Cemeteries of Santa Clara by Bea Lichtenstein, published in 2005 by Arcadia Publishing Images of America and available at the Santa Clara City Library.