California

SAVING GRAVES

 

Religious Cemeteries
in
Gold Rush California


          The rush to California to claim a golden fortune created a need for religious instruction and ministry in the wilderness mountainous region of the Sierra Nevada Mother Lode country.  Among the first churches to arrive in the gold country was the Catholic Church.  By the mid to late-1850s, Jewish synagogues and cemeteries were being established in places such as Placerville in El Dorado County, Jackson in Amador County, and Shasta City in Shasta County.
          It is interesting today to learn the history of these religious groups and to examine the past and present condition of the churches and cemeteries established by them at the height of the gold rush.

 

Catholic Cemeteries

Jewish Cemeteries
(Construction to begin June 1, 2003)