|Main St. & Rt. 92|
Half Moon Bay
San Mateo County
Postal Code: 94019
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Catholic Cemetery established in 1820, Closed to burials in 1923.
In 1820 priests from the Catholic Church established Pilarcitos Cemetery as the burial ground of Christianized Indian people and others who died in the coastal area between Santa Cruz and San Francisco. When San Benito (now Half Moon Bay) was founded in the 1840s, Pilarcitos became the pueblo's cemetery. San Benito's original founders and many of their descendants, as well as the early Mexicano and Chileno settlers who came to San Benito, are buried in the cemetery.
Originally, the cemetery was adjacent to the church-Nuestra Senora del Pilar, but after it was destroyed by fire in 1878, a new house of worship was built in town and a new cemetery was also established. The last burial was in 1964, although later burials have occured with previously purchased plots.