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Hello, I tried emailing this to email listed on Find A Grave, but it failed. I hope this gets to you.
My husband filled a find-a-grave request for a site out at Eldorado Canyon Cemetery. I uploaded the pictures and decided to find out what I could about the events surrounding the deaths of Lars and the others. You may already have this information, but just in case you don't, I am emailing these links and a transcription I typed up from the SF newspaper.
San Francisco Call, May 1897 -- Live in Fear of Piute Vengeance:
A transcription I typed up of the above article is attached.
Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Summer 1896, Frontier Justice in El Dorado: http://nsla.nevadaculture.org/statepubs/epubs/210777-1986-2Summer.pdf (see pp 199-125, this takes awhile to load).
One other reference is from a local person's history. She states:
"...concerning the thirteen graves remaining on the banks of the Colorado River at the mouth of Eldorado Canyon. Bureau of Reclamation engineers found that these last graves would be covered by the lake to be formed by the building of Davis Dam. Located on a gravel bluff overlooking Emery's Landing and Fishing Camp, only three of the graves had markers. These were Cornelius Conover, May 26, 1888; R.E. Andrews 8-25-1881; and Lars Frandsen, May 12, 1897. At this time, the old steam tractor was still sitting abandoned at the site. Broken whiskey bottles were close to the cemetery, giving credence to the sup;position that nearby sat a saloon.
"Oldtimers informed the Bureau engineers that as many as 2/3 of the graves originally in the old cemetery had been carried away by the Colorado River as it whimsically changed channels every so often. In fact where the first camp had been built right on the river was, by 1948, the bed of the river. All this transpired prior to the building of Boulder Dam which considerably tamed the wild ways of the River... These graves were moved north of the river to a hilltop to the west in 1949."
For additional documentation about the moving of the graves, see also : http://www.usbr.gov/projects//ImageServer?imgName=Doc_1305126374732.pdf (p 25-26)
I hope these are of interest to you!
Added by genodi on Feb 20, 2013 7:04 PM
|Cynthia Barber||RE: Christian Neilson|
No I have no information. Just hoping for a picture of a headstone to see if this is even who I am looking for. The wife's name you mention does not sound familiar though.
|Mark's Mom||Lars Frandsen|
I added information to Lars' biography I hope what little information I found is helpful. I'm tranfering his memorial over to you.
Best regards, B.
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