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El Dorado Hills in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Prairie City Cemetery

 
 
Prairie City Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 27, 2005
1. Prairie City Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The birth of Prairie City, Sacramento County, was announced in the pages of The Sacramento Daily Union newspaper in June of 1853. Located 21 miles from the City of Sacramento, it was approximately 2 miles south of Negro Bar, now known as Folsom. By that month, 40 frame and canvas houses had been erected and a water ditch for mining purposes was being constructed by the Natoma Water and Mining Company.

By July 4th, the town had 1500 inhabitants, including 15 families with women and children. Shortly thereafter, a mining district was formed to establish the “rules” for the miners, and later the area was designated as an election precinct.

Placer deposits began to diminish in 1854 and many of the miners and their families began to move away. Still, others stayed as they had established their homes and families in that vicinity. The U.S. Post Office closed its doors in early March 1866. By the mid-1870s, little of the original town remained, though the school district continued until about the mid-1880s.

As late as 1901, the abandoned townsite was still referred to as Prairie City, though few remained there.

In Memoriam

Here lie the remains of twelve souls discovered during the construction of the Prairie City Road and Highway 50 interchange in May of 1997.
Prairie City Cemetery Grave Relocations and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 17, 2009
2. Prairie City Cemetery Grave Relocations and Marker
They were relocated to this spot by the California Department of Transportation with the cooperation of The County of El Dorado. Through their efforts, with the assistance of the Folsom Historical Society and El Dorado County Pioneer Cemetery Commission, these twelve deceased may now rest in peace forever.
 
Erected by California Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 38° 41.866′ N, 121° 6.577′ W. Marker is in El Dorado Hills, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Shadowfax Lane near Green Valley Road. Click for map. Marker is located at the Morman Island Relocation Cemetery. The Cemetery is located on Shadowfax Lane off of Green Valley Road. Marker is in this post office area: El Dorado Hills CA 95762, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Island (approx. one mile away); Folsom Dam Improvements (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sterlingshire (approx. 2 miles away); Folsom Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Folsom Institute (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Sacramento, Placer and Nevada Railroad Right of Way (approx. 3.4 miles away); Original Folsom Hydroelectric Plant (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pioneer Express Trail (approx. 3.9 miles away).
 
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Prairie City Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2005
3. Prairie City Cemetery
Relocated graves of Prairie City Residents. The marker is off picture to the left of these gravestones.
 El Dorado County Cemetery Commission. (Submitted on August 19, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
Entrance to the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2005
4. Entrance to the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery
 
 
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