Besides "eminent domain" against those who can't speak for themselves, what about property rights? Those plots were purchased by caring families!
In the case of Mountain View, however, the gravestones were merely pushed over and covered-up in 1966. This was despite opposition from the "Mountain View Pioneer and Historical Society", which now operates the History Center inside the nearby library. Their office hours, inside the library, are limited to 8 hours a week: tuesday from 1 to 5 and wednesday from 5 to 9. Phone 650-903-6337. Tuesday afternoon is the best time to visit.
Barbara, who also is the MV City Historian, was very helpful and friendly when I visited. She has photos and records of the headstones, photographed in the 1930's. The info is not on the web, however.
It is sometimes said that, except for famous people, most people are forgotten 2 to 3 generations after they pass away. I guess that protection of those that are forgotten can't be taken for granted.
Enjoy this easy cache and the history lesson! Why is Toys R Us haunted (cache GCG423) and this place isn't?
Do you know where your dead relatives are?
Left a "where's george" dollar for the FTF (2001 series F27972832E). Of course, everybody knows where George is. His grave is safe because he's famous!