|19172 Highway One|
Postal Code: 94940
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Tomales Bay is a long narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean in west Marin County. This modest cemetery is located on the east side of Tomales Bay, just north of Reynolds and south of Marshall. Across the water to the west is bucolic Point Reyes National Seashore.
The Coast Miwok Indians were inhabitants of Marin for thousands of years. There was an abundance of fish and shellfish with game and seasonal foods being plentiful. The hunter-gatherer tribe thrived off the bounty of the land until the Europeans arrived. By the early 1930s, only three individuals predominantly Coast Miwok in blood were known to exist.
The Native American practice was to bury their dead where they lived, within their territory. Formal cemeteries and tombstones do not exist for the tribes, therefore, an unknown number of unidentified Miwok burials are in the Marin area.
However, this cemetery is said to have been a burial ground for the tribe that lived around the Marshall area, their settlement being called Echa-kolum.
The cemetery was not named, nor did it appear on maps; for many years, people were directed to "the burial on the Indian Grounds... somewhere up on a hill... just down from the Old School house."
There are less than 50 known formalized burials here with tombstones marking their graves. There are 23 unnamed burials marked by sparse and weathered crosses which are scattered in various repose inside the fence.
There may be an untold number of Miwok Indian burials underneath the formal inscriptions; the stark, yet prodigious white cross at the entrance stands to the sky in their honor.