Edson Adams was one of the founding fathers of Oakland, which was incorporated in 1852. He came out to California during the Gold Rush and eventually made a fortune in real estate. The title of "founder" suggests an illustrious career that actually had a seamier side. He and his partners essentially stole the land from the Peralta family, which owned much of the East Bay through a land grant from the Spanish king. Of course, the Peraltas (and the king for that matter) had themselves taken the land from the native peoples who lived in the area millennia before the Europeans arrived. As befitting a prominent citizen, Adams' family mausoleum is built into a hillside at Mt. View Cemetery where succeeding generations of the Adams family are also interred. For more cemetery wanderings, visit Julie's meme Taphophile Tragics.