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Galt in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Cemetery of Children

 
 
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1. Cemetary of Children Marker
Inscription.  Old Liberty was a stagecoach stop in the north east section of San Joaquin County. It linked lower Sacramento to the gold country. As the weary pioneers would pass through Liberty they buried their loved ones here and several of them were children that could not survive the harsh traveling conditions. Many of them could not afford the $2 dollar burial fee inside the 5 acre grounds and it was once said by Mr. Sexton that sometimes there would be fresh mounds surrounding the cemetery in the morning. In 1961 the California Highway and Public Works started excavating around Liberty Cemetery for the state's new section of highway 99. In doing so to the west of the cemetery gates they claimed to have moved 19 graves and one being a mass grave of small children. To this day no one knows where the children came from. It was also speculated that there is more grave sites underneath the highway and in the surrounding vicinity of Liberty Cemetery. Some of the last graves to be put into the cemetery are here at this location where once stood a Public Works marker for those relocated graves that were destroyed by one of the many grass fires along with 40
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to 50 other wooden markers in the cemetery.
 
Erected 2019 by E Clampus Vitus Tuleburg Chapter 69.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 14.038′ N, 121° 16.709′ W. Marker is in Galt, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Liberty Road east of Golden State Highway (California Highway 99). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galt CA 95632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Galt Water Tower (approx. 1.9 miles away); Don Ray Building (approx. 1.9 miles away); George A. Lippi / Joseph F. Smith (approx. 2 miles away); St. Luke's Episcopal Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); San Joaquin Valley College (approx. 6 miles away); Salem School Bell (approx. 6.1 miles away); City Hall, Fire House and Jail (approx. 6.8 miles away); Hale Park (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galt.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 15, 2019. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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