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The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic

 
 
The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
1. The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic Marker
Inscription.
In Memory of the 17 Doctors who died while caring for victims of the 1850 Cholera Epidemic in Sacramento

[Left Column
Dr. W. Carpenter (Age 26), Dr. Horatio Cobb (Age 30), Dr. R.S. Girard (Age 35), Dr. Pliney P. Green (age 41), Dr. R.L. Grisard (Age 33), Dr. R.H. Hale (Age 26), Dr. George W. Held (Age 34), Dr. Henry F. Herr (Age26)

[Right Column]
Dr. A. Holmes (Age 47), Dr. George Noble (Age 30), Dr. George H. Mason (Age 23), Dr. Robert McMamee (Age 27), Dr. Metcalf (Age 60), Dr. Robert M. Stansbury, Dr. T.P.N. Whittaker (Age26), Dr. George Yearly (Age 36), Dr. (Name Unknown)
 
Erected 1977 by The Sacramento El Dorado Medical Society Historical Committee, July 1977.
 
Location. 38° 33.822′ N, 121° 30.047′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Click for map. Marker is located just inside the entrance to the Sacramento City Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacramento City Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Hardin Bigelow (here, next to this marker); In Memory of the Old Tier Grounds
The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 10, 2008
2. The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic Marker
Marker is on the far left, Time capsule to be opened in 2088 is center and John A. Sutter, Jr. marker is to the right.
(here, next to this marker); John A. Sutter, Jr. (here, next to this marker); General George Wright (within shouting distance of this marker); Newton Booth (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento Volunteer Fire Department (within shouting distance of this marker); The Firemanís Plot (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Regarding The 17 Doctors of the 1850 Sacramento Cholera Epidemic. Dr. Pliney P. Green, the only doctor whose grave is marked, is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery Grove section of the cemetery.

In 1990 it was determined that the "unknown name" doctor on the marker is Dr. Peter Crum.
 
Also see . . .  Old City Cemetery: 1850 Cholera Epidemic. (Submitted on October 14, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. The Beginning of the Epidemic
Source: The Sacramento El Dorado Medical Society Historical Committee
On October 8, a passenger on
Only Marked Burial Site image. Click for full size.
By Dr. Bob LaPerriere, October 1, 2008
3. Only Marked Burial Site
Dr. Pliney P. Green
Native of
BURLINGTON
VERMONT
died
Nov.2.1850
Aged 42 yrs.
the "New World," a ship docked in Sacramento, emerged and collapsed on the wharf, sparking an epidemic that killed nearly 1000 people in less than three weeks. Thousands fled in panic, leaving the stricken behind. Of the nearly 40 physicians practicing here at the time, 17 died, making this the highest mortality on record for physicians caring for victims of an epidemic.
With few exceptions, victims were buried in mass graves. Of the 17 physicians who died of cholera while caring for the victims of the epidemic, only one of the 17 is notably buried in Sacramento's Old City Cemetery. Some speculation has been made that they may possibly be buried under a section of Broadway, since a portion of the cemetery was used for street expansion.
    — Submitted October 14, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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