California Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County

California Historical Landmark 271
Pioneer Cemetery
SR 12 Near Toll Bridge Road
San Andreas

California Historical Landmark #271: Pioneer Cemetery

11 October 2006
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Pioneer Cemetery

This pioneer cemetery was said to have been established in 1851. Most of the graves are unmarked - stones appeared over only three of them in 1936. This cemetery is located almost opposite where the town of North Branch originally stood, before the site was mined for gold.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

California Historical Landmark #271: Pioneer Cemetery

11 October 2006
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IN
Memory of
JAMES SHERAN
who came to his
DEATH
by the fall of a bank
south fork 9th day of dec
1854
aged 27 years
NATIVE of IRELAND
Co. Mayo
May his soul rest in Pace
Amen

Car.by.P.Mullaney

California Historical Landmark #271: Pioneer Cemetery

11 October 2006
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California Pioneers
Reinterred from Poverty Bar Cemetery

Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun
John LaPlasse
Elva Lucy Drennan
Christine Kientz
Mr. Hussey
Henry Christian Kientz

...Were known to have been buried at Poverty Bar Cemetery now covered by the waters of Camanche Reservoir. They and other persons who were found in unmarked graves, have been reinterred in this plot.

1962
East Bay Municipal Utility District

Underwater in California

The damming of rivers and creeks inundated many 19th century cemeteries, buildings and entire towns.

Bagby (Merced River)
Bidwell's Bar (Feather River)
Camanche (Mokelumne River)
Condemned Bar (American River)
Jacksonville (Tuolumne River)

Middle Bar (Pardee River)
Mormon Island, (American River)
Negro Hill (American River)
Poverty Bar (Mokelumne River)
Reynold's House (Silver Creek)

Salmon Falls (American River)
Searsville (Corte Madera Creek)
Whiskeytown (Clear Creek)

The town of Volcano in Amador County had a close call in 1934 but was granted a reprieve and survives today.

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