Historic Hollywood Cemetery was founded in 1895 by Samuel B. Moore, William J. Moore (son), and Frank P. Moore. Turning a real estate purchase into a burial ground for 30,000 citizens, Frank Moore devoted his business activities to the cemetery until his death in 1919. Subsequent management teams have continuously operated the enterprise, celebrating over 100 years of service.
Buried here are Texas Republic descendants, celebrities, local officials, ministers, attorneys, soldiers, homemakers, mainstream Harris County citizens and even the inventor of the ice cream cone, Andrew George Simmons. Serving the Heights and Houston north side as a community burial ground, the business has been a landmark for six generations of families.
With the onset of I-45 (north), the entrance was moved from the east side where a single-lane bridge crossing Little White Oak Bayou near Fulton Street. The entrance is now at 3506 North Main from the west and it allows access to the entire property.
Contrary to popular belief, the cemetery got its name from a family admired by the original founders of the property, not the famous movie location in California. Thanks to new ownership and management, Hollywood Cemetery became Historic Hollywood Cemetery in January 2009. The cemetery later received “historical” status by the Texas Historical Commission.