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SHAWS FLAT CEMETERY                   
Near Columbia, Tuolumne County, California
Date Received:  15 Apr 2003

Historical Brief:
      
Shaw's Flat (SRL 395), on the eastern edge of Table Mountain, was named by Mandeville Shaw, who planted an orchard there in 1849.  A number of substantial cottages surrounded by gardens planted with fruit and ornamental trees give the place a homelike appearance today.  Black walnut trees planted by Tarleton Caldwell flourish in the place known as Caldwell's Gardens, now a home.  The Mississippi House, well known in early days, still attracts the passersby.  It was built in 1850 and served as a store, bar, and post office.  Also preserved at Shaw's Flat is the old minders' bell, used to announce the convening of court and to summon the men to work.  It may be seen at the school.
      
[Historic Spots in CALIFORNIA, Third Edition; Mildred Brooke Hoover, Hero Eugene Rensch and Ethel Grace Rensch; Revised by William N. Abelow; Stanford University Press, Stanford, California; 1966.]


REPORT

Cemetery:        Shaws Flat cemetery, near Columbia, California
Other:
Sign:               No
Street:            Shaws Flat Rd is on hyway 49, near Columbia, CA
City:               Sonora, CA- approx 2 miles away
Township:
County:          TUOLUMNE COUNTY
State:            CALIFORNIA
Nation:           USA
Zip:               95370
Status:          Abandoned
Size:              Large
Directions:
Type:             Road-public
Location:        Rural
Terrain:          Hillside
Watersource:  Yes
Features:
Property:        Public
Access:          Open
Enclosure:       Fence-Broken
Gate:             Non-locking
Established:
Gravestones:
Oldest:
Newest:
Removed:       Yes
Relocated:      No
Repairs:          Unsure
Methods:        Adhesives
Restoration:    No
Association:    No
Records:        Yes
Inventory:      Unsure
Availability:
Landscaping:   Yes
Paths:            Yes
Trees:            Yes; 3
Crypts:           Unsure
Fencing:         Yes
Brickwork:       Yes
Ironwork:        Yes
Sculpture:       Yes
Fountains:       No
Roads:            Yes
Buildings:         No
Cement:          Yes
Granite:          Yes
Marble:           Yes
Native:           Yes
Slate:             Yes
Others:           Yes
Wood:            Yes
Materials:        Yes
Architectural:   Yes
Angels:           Yes
Draperies:       Yes
Fraternal:        Yes
Hands:            Yes
Lambs:            Yes
Monograms:     Yes
Plants:            Yes
Photos:           Unsure
Religious:         Yes
Scrollwork:       Yes
Urns:              Yes
Carvings:         Yes
Condition:        Cemetery neglected
Unmarked:       Yes
Broken:           Yes
Toppled:          Yes
Disintegrating:  Yes
Buried:            Yes
Weather:         No
Pollution:         No
Vandalized:      Yes
Report:            No
VA1:               Gravestones-Overturned
VA2:               Gravestones-Broken
VA3:               Gravestones-Stolen
VA4:
VA5:
Overgrowth:
Overgrowth1:
Overgrowth2:   Graves-Disturbing
Overgrowth3:   Gravestones-Disturbing
Overgrowth4:   Gravestones-Damaging
GroundCover:   Yes
Moss:
Vines:             Yes
Drainage:         Good
Problem1:
Problem2:
Owner:            Cemetery
Use:                Agricultural
Bordering:        Residential
Change:           Same
Reason:           Roads
Visited:           Rarely
Archeology:     Unknown
Habitat:          Yes
Contacted:      ATTEMPTED CONTACT WITH COUNTY OFFICIALS MANY TIMES- NO
REPLY
name:            BRANDI JAMES
Email:            JAMESGANG@BIGVALLEY.NET
Date:             04/15/03

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