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city (1990 pop. 1,103), San Mateo co., W Calif., a suburb S of San Francisco, on Colma Creek, inc. 1924 as Lawndale, renamed 1941. Shopping centers and automobile dealerships are important to Colma's economy, but nearly three quarters of the city's land is devoted to 17 cemeteries, the first of which was established in 1887. The city, which was incorporated in order to protect the cemeteries from development, is known as the "City of Souls."
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Since she can cite only one specific reference to the performance of Zumsteeg's Colma for an 1817 charity concert, she does not speculate much further.
The Rack store in Colma will be relocated to the nearby Sacramento Centre.
Mendoza (Ersatz Films, Colma: The Musical, Now and At The Hour) - and more.
Between 1970 and 1971, a hundred or so hippies set up home in some abandoned farmhouses on the slopes of Mount Colma (near Ovada, province of Alessandria) (Gallino, 2008; Cardano, 1997; Serenelli, 2009).
In this regard, the category of Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You, which was introduced in 2005 and included such titles as "Frownland" (a winner) and "Colma: The Musical," was retired last year.