Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Re-Internment Site For New Helvetia Cemetery
Laid to rest between
1849 and 1912 by the
County of Sacramento at
New Helvetia Cemetery
Dedicated by the
Board of Supervisors
Sacramento County Cemetery Advisory Commission
Erected 2003 by Sacramento County Cemetery Advisory Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 38° 33.624′ N, 121° 27.165′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of 43rd Street and Folsom Boulevard on 43rd Street. Marker is located at the Southeast corner of the New Helvetia Re-internment section of the East Lawn Memorial Park. The section is located near the Southwest corner of the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95819, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. You Are Remembered – Rest In Peace (a few steps from this marker); Joseph H. McKinney (a few Dr. Benjamin F. Pendery (a few steps from this marker); Daniel Blue (within shouting distance of this marker); September 11, 2001 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sacramento High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); New Helvetia Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); McKinley Rose Garden (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
Also see . . . Lest They Be Forgotten – Again. Brochure published by the Sacramento County Cemetery Advisory Commission with support from East Lawn Memorial Park, giving the history of New Helvetia Cemetery and the relocating of remains. (Submitted on May 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
1. Flat Grave Markers
In 1916 New Helvetia Cemetery was converted to a park. Most of the monuments were removed and replaced with flat grave markers. In 1955-56 all remains were removed to prepare for the building of Sutter Middle School on the site. These grave markers made their way into resident’s backyards and driveways
— Submitted May 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
2. News Account of the Washoe Explosion Written by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
See Photo #5 :
Published in the San Francisco Daily Morning Call on September 7, 1864.
"We compile an account of this terrible disaster from dispatches published in the evening papers. The explosion of the boilers of the Washoe took place at ten o'clock, at a point just above the Hog's Back, about ten miles above Rio Vista, on her up-trip on Monday night. One of the boilers collapsed a flue, and, it is said, made a clean sweep aft, going overboard through the stern of the boat. The cause of this dreadful calamity, according to D. M. Anderson, the engineer, (who died at the Sacramento hospital just after he made the statement,) was rotten iron in the boiler. At the time of the explosion there were one hundred and twenty-five pounds pressure on the boiler, with two cocks of solid water. The engine was high pressure. The upper works of the boat aft were completely shattered,
— Submitted May 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,954 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 8. submitted on September 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 9. submitted on January 7, 2011, by Susan Hofmeister O'Brien of Sag Harbor, New York.