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San Miguel in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

San Miguel Cemetery District

San Miguel Cemetery District Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James King, October 10, 2010
1. San Miguel Cemetery District Marker
Cement dedication seals are visible at the lower corners of the plaque.
Inscription.  On October 18, 1886 the railroad arrived at the lands of Mission San Miguel. The railroad provided transportation to take San Miguel cattle and produce to market, it also provided lumber and store goods to fuel the expanding population. The township required a new cemetery which was accommodated by this site. Ella Montgomery was the first internment which occurred July 8, 1875. After 64 years of use the San Miguel Cemetery District was officially formed June 19, 1939. The graveyard was laid out with the Catholics buried in the northeast section and everyone else in the southeast section. Along the front fence line of the Catholic side is buried Corina Stanghel. On 5-1-1907 she was buried halfway in and out of the graveyard to meet the church practice of the day. The grave for the 16 year old Corina, a non-Catholic wife was marked by a small obelisk remains so today. Rumor has it that the white picket fence on the southwest hill surrounds the plots of a non-Christian Chinese man and a native of Holland Mr. Jan Stroink. Verbal history claims that William Antrim 12-1-1842 to 12-10-1922 was the outlaw Billy The Kid's stepdad and is buried in the
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Protestant side marked by a large dark marble gravestone.

San Miguel Cemetery District Trustees
Janice Mumford, Betty Robinson, Lewis R. Rowe, Rev. Raymond Tintle.

Erected 2010 by Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 19, 1800.
Location. 35° 44.35′ N, 120° 42.067′ W. Marker is in San Miguel, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Road, 0.6 miles south of 10th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Miguel CA 93451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rios-Caledonia Adobe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fr. Fidelis Wieland, O.F.M (approx. ¼ mile away); Mission San Miguel Arcangel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cross of El Camino Real (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mission Fields (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mission Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Lt. Col. John C. Fremont (approx. half a mile away); Original Site Of San Miguel School (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Miguel.
More about this marker. The marker is at the southeast corner of the cemetery office building in the middle of the cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Find-a-Grave - San Miguel District Cemetery
San Miguel Cemetery District Dedication image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James King, October 10, 2010
2. San Miguel Cemetery District Dedication
NSGW Grand President Jim Shadle at the podium. NDGW Grand President Barbara Rowland behind and to the right.
. Photos of the gravesites named in marker text are posted and can be viewed through the search function. (Submitted on October 1, 2012.) 

2. San Miguel Cemetery. The San Miguel Cemetery District was formed in 1939 by petition of area residents. The first burials that can be documented were in the early 1880’s. (Submitted on October 1, 2012.) 
Dedication Ceremony image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James King, October 10, 2010
3. Dedication Ceremony
Mixing the cement for the seals
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 27, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the gravesites of Corina Stanghel, the non-Christian Chinese man, Mr. Jan Stroink and William Antrim. • Photo of the cemetery. • Can you help?

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Jun. 4, 2023