Cemetery notes and/or description: Established in 1852. The little cemetery, enclosed by an iron pipe and housing 98 graves marked with little wooden crosses was and may still be located on the western side of Yerba Buena Island.
In preparation for the 1939 World’s Fair, workers cut away two rows of the eucalyptus trees that shaded the burial ground leaving the small cemetery exposed. During his visit to Yerba Buena, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Charles Edison, discussed with other naval officials that because of its proximity to the fair grounds entrance, the cemetery should be removed, either to a more secluded spot on the island or off it altogether. What resulted is still not known outside naval administrative circles.