El Dorado County
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Located roughly half way between Placerville and Coloma, the Town of Cold Springs is known to have existed prior to the Fall of 1849, having been located near the confluence of Hangtown Creek and Cold Springs Creek. The cemetery site was originally on the opposite side (east side) of Cold Springs Road from the present site and began use in 1850. The cemetery was relocated to its current site in 1858, all interments in the old cemetery being moved to the new cemetery. Interments were made at the present site from 1858 through 1915. The earliest known person buried here is John B. Palmer who died October 25, 1850. The earliest grave stone still existing is that of Granvill T. Chappell who died October 28, 1850. When the area around the cemetery was subdivided, the developer surveyed out the cemetery as a separate lot complete with access roadway. There are only about 18 headstones left. Extensive work has been done by local volunteers to identify those interred there. So far, about 70 interments have been identified. Many of the memorials submitted for this cemetery have come from this research. Ownership of this pioneer cemetery has been taken over by the El Dorado County Pioneer Cemeteries Commission who watch over the cemetery and keep it well maintained.
Directions: From Hwy 50 take Placerville Drive North. After a couple of miles, turn left onto Pierroz Rd. Go to the stop sign and turn left onto Cold Springs road. Go about 3 miles to Cold Springs (little market and road to Cold Springs Country Club on the left. Next road is Marva Lane. Turn left and go about half a block and you will see a little dirt driveway on the left with a sign stating "Cold Springs Cemetery, established 1850."