Jack London State Historic Park, which survived the October fires unscathed, will recognize the 101st anniversary of London’s death this month with a graveside memorial on Saturday, Nov. 18.
London died at the Glen Ellen cottage where he lived with his second wife Charmian on Nov. 22, 1916. His life was cut short at the age of 40, probably due to kidney failure.
London accomplished much in his brief life, not only as a writer of 50 books, but also as an adventurer, reporter, war correspondent and innovative farmer. He was in the process of developing a model ranch, which he hoped would be among the finest in California, when he died. That property is contained within the 1,400-acre state park that bears his name.
His ashes were placed under a large rock from the Wolf House on a knoll overlooking the Sonoma Valley, on a trail between the park’s museum at the House of Happy Walls and the site of the Wolf House, the never-finished home that London was building which burned to the ground in 1913.
When Charmian London died in 1955, her ashes too were placed under the same rock.
The memorial is open to the public at no charge. Those attending should gather at the House of Happy Walls Museum on at 10 a.m. to start the half-mile walk to the grave site. A golf cart will be available for those who prefer not to walk.
Admission to the state park is free until Dec. 31. For additional information go to jacklondonpark.com/grave-site-memorial-2017.html.