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This historic cemetery, located on Banjo Hill, northeast of Iowa Hill, Placer County, California, was about 200 feet east of the current Old Iowa Hill Cemetery. Information on interments was taken from the 2001 transcription of burials in the Iowa Hill area by Sharon & Bob Balmain. No markers remain.
From the Iowa Hill Sesuicentennial Journal of Memories Road Tour by Sharon Balmain: "During the gold rush one of the customs of the Chinese was to exhume the remains of deceased friends and relatives and return them to their homeland. Companies were formed at great expense by the Chinese whose sole purpose was to search out and disinter the remains of the deceased. In 1858, newspaper articles estimated that since 1849, approximately 10,000 deceased Chinese had been sent back to their homeland. Costs for transporting the remains to China were $100 each.
"Adjacent to the Chinese burial ground is a rockwork firepit where feasts and celebrations were held in honor of the deceased. It is still possible to see swales in the earth from the exhumed graves."