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Owen Brown's Grave Marker Has Been Found

The headstone that once marked the grave of Owen Brown, son of the19th-century abolitionist, had been missing since 2004. With its recovery, local trail advocacy group hopes Brown will rest in peace once more.

The missing headstone that once marked the Altadena foothill grave of Owen Brown has been found, according to Paul Ayers of the Save Altadena Trails group.

Owen Brown, who fought alongside his father, radical abolitionist John Brown, at the raid on Harpers Ferry, spent his final years in a cabin near El Prieto canyon. He died in 1889, and was buried at Little Round Top, overlooking Altadena.

The site has been a source of controversy since 2002. An owner of the adjacent property attempted to block public access to a hiking trail, a move which blocked access to Brown's grave, as well. In 2004, as a legal battle between the owner and trail advocacy groups raged on, the headstone mysteriously disappeared.

According to Ayers, the gravestone was found by resident Ian White and his son yesterday, and is now “secure.”

The Save Altadena’s Trails intention is to “take all necessary legal and logistical steps necessary to restore the grave stone to its rightful place marking Owen Brown's grave at the top of Little Round Top."

Patch will update this article with details regarding the headstone's discovery and recovery if the information becomes available.

Barbara Ellis August 24, 2012 at 08:54 PM
This is terrific news! Many thanks to Ian White and his son. I searched for it around the edges of Little Round Top, but later heard it had been taken out of the area. Can you tell us where it was found?
Lorraine Pozniak August 25, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Awesome new...Thanks, Karin!!!!!
Leslie M Wilkins August 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
At least the fool who took it didn't destroy it!!
Justdownthestreet August 26, 2012 at 04:48 AM
We fixed the fence and cleared the weeds before the land controversy and then the missing headstone. How WONDERFUL that Mr. Brown can rest in peace once again....but WHERE WAS THE HEADSTONE FOUND ?!?!?!?? THIS IS CRAZY.......
Pasadena Adjacent August 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
After recent 710 extension debacle, it's great to catch a piece of GOOD NEWS. Although the great mystery remains a mystery I'm pleased as punch that our boy's headstone remains in one piece. Karin, your adoring public anxiously await the back story to this event. Hurry!

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