|Elm Avenue & Highway 80 - Behind Wells Fargo Bank|
Postal Code: 95602
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
TWO HEADSTONES HAVE BEEN POSTED - ALL OTHERS UNMARKED
No way to find a gravesites. Currently being worked on by local historian.
This is not part of the Auburn Cemetery District.
They have no records at their office.
Not all who were interned at the cemetery were without funds or family. During the early days of Auburn, the transient nature of the patients before reaching the hospital made it difficult to trace relatives and turn over the decedent's personal property to the next of kin.
This cemetery in the fields beyond the old hospital has not been used for almost 100 years. Indigents and unclaimed were interned here. Considered a paupers graveyard.
First interment 1866, last interment was in 1935.
A small number of remains were moved in 1946, when Interstate 80 was first built.
List of things found on the grounds: several pistols and shotgun shells. There were also boots, shoes, buttons, eyeglasses, a pocket watch, pipe, knife, chauffeur's badge dated 1929, saftey pins and nails used to make the wooden coffins. This information was found at the local library.
Only two standing headstones are located here. That of Thomas Phillips and Nicholas Schmitt. The wooden markers of others have erroded away. When HWY 80 was widened, 286 of roughly 1500 unknown gravesites were moved to the New Auburn Cemetery located on Collins Drive.
Most of the people that are interned were male, immigrants. Many died of diesease's and accident's that came with being a early pioneer. Many died of consumption; others were hanged, shot or even run over by trains. The people who died in the hospital, if they had no funds or no family, were buried there. "If you looked at the list of the causes of death, you might see, 'laid down on the railroad track' or 'shot in a bar.' " A sweep of the grounds with a metal detector revealed large masses of metal, probably four or five crypts.
excerpt from: Sacramento Bee, 8-13-1985
The hospital closed in 1975.
Memorials of patients that died at the Placer County Hospital in the late 1800's and the early 1900's will be found here. Family will at least have a idea when and where they passed. If assigned a plot no. it's confirmed they are interned here and a picture of the cemetery with unmarked grave has been added so people will know this fact. No map of the cemetery has ever been found so there is no way to locate the actual gravesite.
I will add information and memorials as I am able to do so.