Thursday, June 21, 2012
Journey through the Comstock Lode Gold Hill Cemetery
Directions: The cemetery is located a couple of miles to the south of town. There are signs showing the route. Inquire at local businesses to get directions.
Throughout the Comstock Lode are cemeteries which hold valuable information and insights into what life was life in the 1800s. First, immigrants from overseas played a critical role in the development of the American West. Second, accidents and deaths were common at turn of the century mining camps. Many miners died horrific deaths. Third, disease was rampant in these mining camos. When I visited, the Gold Hill Cemetery was beautiful, sadly; it has been vandalized and left in a state of disrepair. There are pushes by local groups to repair the cemetery; however, people need to be respectful of our nation's heritage. The following are some of my favorite pictures I took in the Gold Hill Cemetery.