Kirkwood in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Rechall Melton was laid to rest here, on a cold and frosty morning, Oct.4,1850. Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.
Erected by Sharkey Begovich, Gardnerville, Nevada.
Location. 38° 37.908′ N, 120° 10.274′ W. Marker is in Kirkwood, California, in Amador County. Marker is on Carson Pass Scenic Byway (State Highway 88), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kirkwood CA 95646, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tragedy Spring (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mormon-Carson Pass Emigrant Trail (approx. 2 miles away); Plasse’s Trading Post (approx. 2.5 miles away); Plasse Resort (approx. 2.5 miles away); Peddler Hill Overlook (approx. 6.9 miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 7.2 miles away); Caples Lake (approx. 8 miles away); Summer Retreat (approx. 8.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kirkwood.
More about this marker.
It is said that in 1850 a young girl, Rachel Melton, native of Iowa, was accompanying her parents on a journey west via covered wagon train when she became violently ill. Camp was made and every effort was made to cure her, as she was the joy of the party, but she passed away and was buried on this spot.
1. An Error was Discovered
In the fall of 1850, a wagon train from Iowa worked its way over this pass. There was a young girl named Rachel who died near here and was buried in a meadow at the base of a large fir tree. Many years later, her mother returned and tried to find the grave but was unsuccessful. Some guests at the nearby Kirwood Inn, heard about it and they knew of a grave and assumed that it must be Rachel's grave. They also remembered that the grave was originally marked with a wooden board listing the name Melton and the date of October 4, 1850. They donated a headstone for what they thought was Rachel Melton's resting place and for decades, this site was known as "The Maiden's Grave". It eventually became California’s 28th official historical landmark.
In 1986, the landowner of the meadow discovered the rock outline of a grave when he was clearing brush. As it turned out, this
— Submitted October 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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