Established in 1850 and closed in 1871. In March, 1850, the remains from Bush Street Cemetery were moved to Yerba Buena Cemetery. For more than four years it was the only burial place for Protestants, and 7,000 to 8,000 were buried there.
The Yerba Buena Cemetery was abolished by the city hall act, passed by the State Legislature of 1869-70, providing for the removal of the cemetery and the erection of a City Hall on the property. The validity of this act was fought long and hard in the courts, on the ground that the tract was sacredly dedicated as a cemetery, and the fight was carried to the Supreme Court of the State in the case of San Francisco vs. P. II. Cannavan, who was at that time a member of the Board of Supervisors. The act was upheld, however, and the cemetery was removed in 1871.
The cemetery remains were moved to Golden Gate Cemetery beginning in 1870.
GPS Coordinates: 37.7792, -122.4125
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #8460
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