El Dorado County
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History: Located at the site of the historic gold discovery at Sutter's Mill, the Pioneer Cemetery at Coloma has been known by several names over the years. These include: Sutter Mill Cemetery, Coloma Protestant Cemetery and the Vineyard Cemetery. The first known interments were in 1849. Over all, over 600 souls would call this their final resting place. Many of the graves do not have markers. In fact it is estimated that between 200 and 300 graves are unmarked. The cemetery passed into the ownership of the State of California in 1981 and is now a part of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma.
Directions: Traveling south on Hwy 49 as you are starting to leave Coloma, Hwy 49 will make a sharp left at a crossroads. Here you will go straight ahead onto Cold Springs Road. Right after passing the crossroads, you will see Marshall Parkway (Monument Rd) on your right, the road that takes you to the James Marshall Monument and Memorial. If you look to your left when you get to Marshall Parkway, you will see the cemetery on your left up on the hill side. Continue on up Cold Springs Rd a few more yards and you will see the entrance and parking area for the cemetery on the left.