Historic City Cemetery
Historic City Cemetery
Points of Interest
1. John A. Sutter, Jr.
Although his father built the fort and
established an empire called New Helvetia, the credit
for planning and founding the city of Sacramento in 1848
goes to John Jr. A disagreement with his father over the
town would cause him to leave in 1850. He died in
Acapulco, Mexico, in 1897.
2. Hardin Bigelow
Arriving in San Francisco in February of 1849 on
the Mail Steamer "California," his was the first ship to
reach California from the East Coast bringing miners to
the Gold Fields. Bigelow is credited with building
Sacramento's first levee system and becoming its first
elected mayor in 1850.
3. Newton Booth 1825‑1892
Lawyer, merchant, politician. This native of
Indiana became one of our state's most artful statesmen.
He was elected State Senator in 1862, California's
eleventh governor in 1872, and United States Senator in
1873. His business firm, Booth & Company, was located on
Front Street, between J and K.
4. General George Wright
A graduate of West Point in 1822, his
battlefield gallantry earned him commendations; from the
Seminole War in Florida, to the Mexican War, to the
Indian Campaigns in the Pacific Northwest. His loyalty
to the Union also earned him President Lincoln's
appointment as Military Commander of the entire
Pacific Coast during the Civil War.
5. Old Wooden Headboard
One of the few remaining examples of carved
headboards left in City Cemetery. Wood, very plentiful
and far less costly, was an alternative to expensive
marble and granite stones At one time there were
thousands of headboards in the cemetery. Today, only a
few have survived.
6. Edwin Bryant Crocker
Lawyer, politician, patron of the arts. Although
remembered primarily for his passion for art and
building the finest art gallery west of the Mississippi,
he was also a Justice on California's State Supreme
Court (1863) and Chief Counsel for the Central Pacific
Railroad Company (1864‑1869).
7. High Point in The Cemetery
The highest point in this cemetery may also be the
highest elevation in Sacramento. During the flood of
1861 the cemetery served as a safe haven from high
waters. Hundreds of tents were described as being
visible on its hills.
8. Jesse Haycock ‑1850
Arriving here in 1849, Haycock, a native of Boston,
Massachusetts , was a victim of the cholera epidemic
that claimed nearly a thousand lives in Sacramento in
1850. He died October 26.
9. Mark Hopkins 1815‑1878
A Forty-Niner, one of railroad's legendary "Big
Four" and Treasurer of the Central Pacific Railroad is
entombed in this magnificent 350 ton granite structure
that dominates the Pioneer Section. He died March
29,1878, and was buried in San Francisco until the
completion of his tomb in 1880.
10. Albert Maver Winn
Elected to Sacramento's first City Council in 1849
and selected as its President, he was ex-officio the
first mayor of Sacramento. But unlike Bigelow, he was
not elected directly to the office. He would later
(1875) found the Native Sons of the Golden West. His
monument is the cemetery's tallest.
11. William Stephen
The Youngest son of Alexander Hamilton, first
Treasurer of the United States. He came to California in
1849 and died here in Sacramento August 7, 1850. He is
the cemetery's most restless resident. He died once
(1850), was exhumed twice (1877, 1889), and was buried
three times in three different locations.
12. Governor John Bigler
Elected to California's first legislature in 1849,
he became the first Speaker of the Assembly. He was
elected this state's third governor in 1852 and
re‑elected in 1854, being the only governor to serve
more than one term from 1849 until 1939. As governor, he
was instrumental in bringing the Capitol here to stay in
13. Grand Army Of The Republic
Dedicated in 1889, the Grand Army Monument is
reputed to have been the first Civil War memorial in the
state of California.
14. Capt. James T. Homans, USN
This is the earliest known burial in the City
Cemetery. Capt. Homans died July 20, 1849, and was
initially buried in the Tier Grounds, located in the
front of the cemetery. When his son died in 1858, Mrs.
Homans purchased this lot and had her husband and son
buried together. The stone is circa 1858.
15. Historic Volunteer Firemen's Plot
Sacramento has the distinction of forming the first
Volunteer Fire Company in the state, organizing in
February of 1850. The gallant volunteers served until
1872, when a paid Department came on line. The old 1,900
steel fire bell, cast in 1859 in Sheffield, England,
came around the Horn and was placed in service in 1863.
B. Archives Center
C. Albert Driggs Veterans Memorial
D. Battleship Maine Memorial
E. Grand Army Plot No. 2
F. Lt. Lansdale Spanish American War Veterans
G. Old Volunteer Firemen's Plot
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