Nevada City

c. 1851: Pioneer Cemetery

Starting my walk this morning, I found my favorite route was blocked by a tree removal crew on Wyoming Street: Road Closed. That is what set me off in a different direction, uphill and into the distant past.

At the top of Spring Street, where it meets Broad Street, the hilltop is watched over by a gathering of immense Ponderosa pines and Black oaks, both California natives. Pioneer Cemetery is the resting place of early residents of this Gold Rush town, some distinguished, others unremembered, but for these fading stones.

  Geo. Hinch..... in the midst of life...

Geo. Hinch..... in the midst of life...

  "Our little angel, gone home to God, 3 mo's & 3 dys."

"Our little angel, gone home to God, 3 mo's & 3 dys."

 A twist of grass.

A twist of grass.

  ....aged 13 years and 6 months....

....aged 13 years and 6 months....

 Blooming Oleader

Blooming Oleader

  ....Samuel G. Moore, 1851, 37 years....

....Samuel G. Moore, 1851, 37 years....

 In the adjacent Catholic Cemetery....

In the adjacent Catholic Cemetery....

 In the adjacent Catholic Cemetery....

In the adjacent Catholic Cemetery....

 Blooming Oleander

Blooming Oleander

Beth Ford