The Funeral Pyre is a large stone structure in Joaquin Miller Park. Poet Joaquin Miller built the structure in The Hights in 1898 and intended for his remains to be cremated there, but that didn't happen. Instead, his ashes were scattered at the site.
In 1898, Miller said that a woman in Paris had expressed a wish to have her ashes scattered there and following her death, he sent for the body and carried out her wishes. 1
Links and References
- Joaquin Miller Has Built His Own Funeral Pyre San Francisco Call, October 9, 1898
- A Private Olympus Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, May 1900
- Joaquin Miller's Ashes From Pyre San Francisco Call, May 16, 1913
- Oakland: Body of badly burned man found in Joaquin Miller Park East Bay Times February 22, 2016