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Grave Site and Wolf House

Docent-Guided Tour- Jack London Grave Site and Wolf House

Gravesite and Wolf House Guided Tour

No reservations and no fee required.  Docent led tours leave from outside the House of Happy Walls Museum at 11 and 1 on weekends.  Confirm schedule at the entry kiosk when you arrive, and enjoy your visit!

The tour to Jack London's Grave Site and the Wolf House ruin is approximately 1- 1:30 hours in duration.  The trail is mostly unpaved and is uneven in areas  with some uphill portions. Part of the trail is in the shade, but much of the trail is in the open.

The docent will talk about the life and work of Jack London - the writer, the socialist, the farmer - and his travels and adventures.  We may also talk about the natural environment of the park - the trees, flowers and animals.


One day, when Charmian and Jack were riding over their property, they came upon the grave site of two pioneer children - David and Lilly Greenlaw.  David had died in 1876, the year Jack London was born.  Jack was quite moved by the lonely place where the children were buried and he said to Charmian that he would like to be buried in this place if he should die before her.  So when Jack died later, Charmian had his ashes placed under this large volcanic rock.  When Charmian died, her ashes were placed next to Jack's under the same rock.


Jack London wrote so many books about wolves and dogs that his friend George Sterling gave him the nickname "The Wolf".  So when Jack started to build his dream house in 1911, it was only fitting that people would call it "The Wolf House".  Jack and Charmian never got to live in their home because one hot summer night in August 1913, spontaneous combustion started a fire in the house.   Although Jack vowed to rebuild the house, he did not live long enough to rebuild. Today, we have a beautiful ruin.

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