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  • “The world is built on the bones of our ancestors” is a truism that is particularly relevant to us at the University of San Francisco. The ground we stand here on was once part of a major necropolis. From 1854 to the 1920s and beyond, the tracts from Fulton to Sacramento Streets, from Arguello to Kaiser Permanente Hospital was home to four major burial grounds: Laurel Hill’s Lone Mountain Cemetery, Calvary Catholic Cemetery, the Masonic Cemetery and the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

    By the early 20th century, the cemeteries were gone; most remains were moved to Colma, but not everything made the move. What you see here are some of the items found during recent excavations at the university; they are haunting reminders to us of those who came before.

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