Historic Cemeteries: Why Are They Important?
The history of the rich and poor, famous and infamous is recorded in our historic burial grounds. These grounds are often the only record or artifact remaining to tell the story of the community and individuals who formed it. Each tombstone is an irreplaceable historical document containing some of a region's earliest written history. The ready accessibility of these sites allows all of us, not only professional historians, to view, appreciate, and study these documents, to enjoy their art work and symbolism, and to learn of our own history. Unlike some museum artifacts, these are readily available to everyone and are in the same location where they were originally placed. They are valuable educational tools through which we can teach our history to new generations and impart a sense of our historic past.
Events of personal importance and historical interest are found in the inscriptions on the stones. The epitaphs provide important genealogical information which may be lost or destroyed in early written records. These stones provide important social and cultural information ranging from statistics regarding age, sex, ethnic, and religious information, to the causes of death, and less direct information such as the community's attitude toward women, as suggested by the size of their headstones, the intricacy of carvings, and the effusiveness of their epitaphs.
Historic graveyards contain some of our earliest examples of art. Studying the symbolic art work on the head and footstones reveals the attitude toward death and immortality. Central themes such as sorrow, everlasting life, purity, innocence (and many other themes) are symbolized by certain motifs, including but not limited to weeping willow trees, roses, draped stones, doves, lambs, wreaths, ivy vines, anchors, a cross, stars, shells, and many more.
Here in the Lone Mountain Cemetery are buried governors, secretaries of state, business owners, stagecoach drivers, bankers, relatives of Mark Twain, railroad magnates, and other pioneers who settled here and helped establish the State of Nevada.
For a printable version of this map with a list of names, click on the link below.
Cemetery Map - Historical Sites
1. Mary Maria Davis: 1840-1864. Wife of George T. Davis, who ran a dry goods store on the corner of Carson and Sixth Streets, site of the present day Ormsby House.
2. H.M. Yerington: 1829-1910. Superintendent of Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Home located at 512 North Division Street.
3. John P. Sweeny: ?-1896. Ran the Ozark Saloon; owned and operated Carson dairy ranch and restaurant.
4. John A. Mallett: 1864-1900. Born in Montreal, Canada; member of Woodmen of the World. Marker resembles a tree.
5. Chauncy Noteware: 1825-1910. First Secretary of State, 1864-1871. House located at 710 North Minnesota Street.
6. John H. Kinkead: 1826-1904. Third governor of Nevada (1879-1882); territorial Treasurer of Nevada 1964; first territorial governor of Alaska (1884).
Elizabeth E. Kinkead: 1827-1907. Married John H. Kinkead in 1856. Served as First Lady of both Nevada and Alaska.
7. W.J. Daniels: 1835-1886. Native of England, fought in the Crimean War - inscription reads "Hero of Balaklava" - this was the famous Charge of the Light Brigade (1854). Daniels worked for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
8. Henry R. Mighels: 1830-1879. Native of Maine. Began career in newspaper business in California. Moved to Nevada in 1865 and assumed editorship of the Morning Appeal, later called the Carson Daily Appeal. Served as Speaker of the Nevada Assembly, 1876.
9. Nellie V. Mighels Davis: 1844-1945. Wife of Henry, took over newspaper after his death in 1879. Covered Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight in 1897 and reported on Nevada Legislature in 1877 and 1879.
10. Jacob Straight: 1844-1897. Native of Indiana. According to newspaper account, he died from drinking too much cold water.
11. Theron Winston: 1825-1881. Owned/operated Winston's New Exchange saloon. Married Mary Ellen Stewart Curry, widow of Abe Curry's son, in 1866.
12. Matthew Pixley: 1848-1871. Operated Warm Springs Hotel. Killed during prison riot in 1871 while trying to assist officers of the Nevada State Prison.
13. Mrs. Frances Pauline Doyle: 1838-1864. Interesting inscription on stone reads: "consort of Capt. Wm. H. Smith."
14. Jacob Klein: 1831-1899. Born in Alsace, France, emigrated to Nevada in 1860, started the Carson Brewery with John Wagner and August Berhauser. No marker remains.
15. Robert Fowler: 1848-1888. Rare wooden marker. Fowler died en route to Carson City on the Overland train at Laramie, Wyoming. His brother, Richard, lived in Carson and had Robert interred here.
16. Edward and Fannie Willmot: 1820, 1827-1886. Edward was janitor of Public School. He and his wife died within two days of each other, not knowing the other had passed away.
17. James D. Roberts: 1826-1915. Roberts served in Pyramid Indian War, 1860, operated a saloon and hotel in Washoe City. His home, located at 1207 North Carson Street, was moved from Washoe City in 1873 by railroad flat car and is now a museum.
18. David B. Cook: 1818-1870. Emigrated from Scotland with wife, Montgomery, and two sons, David and James. Verse inscribed on stone, carved by H.H. Muckle of Virginia City.
19. James Cook: 1839-1872. Son of David B. and Montgomery Cook. Worked as miner in Crown Point Mine in Gold Hill; killed while attempting to jump onto a moving train. Stone also carved by Muckle.
20. M.M. Gaige: 1823-1886. Elected Carson City Treasurer, 1858, Assemblyman, Douglas County, 1865. Sergeant at Arms of Nevada Senate, 1867.
21. George W. Kitzmeyer: 1837-1900. Native of Germany. Started furniture business in 1873. After his death, his sons expanded business to include manufacturing of coffins and business became undertaking establishment.
22. Charles Cox. Native of Maine. Sandstone obelisk probably came from Abe Curry's quarries located at current site of Nevada State Prison.
23. Prentice Lewis: 1834-1869. Operated livery stable with William Rice which was located on northwest corner Carson and Third Streets. Seashells and ore specimens were once embedded in base of his marker.
24. John Minervo Moss: 1874-1913. Born in Eureka, Nevada. Well known and popular Nevadan, member of Musician's Union. Lyre carved on his marker.
25. Hank Monk: 1826-1883. Famous stage driver. Drove Horace Greeley over Sierras from Carson to Placerville. Drove stages from 1857 to 1883. Replacement stone dedicated by Sharky Becovitch of Sharky's Casino in Gardnerville.
26. J. M. Benton: 1837-?. Served as surgeon in Civil War. Began livery, stage, and ice business in Carson City in 1867. Hank Monk was a driver for Benton's Livery for many years.
27. P.H. Clayton: 1819-1874. Founding member of Democratic Party in Nevada. Was a secessionist and served three-week sentence at Fort Churchill by carrying a 100 lb. sack of flour around parade grounds. Served with Carson Rangers during Pyramid Lake War.
28. Isaac Connor: 1834-1875. Member of I.O.O.F. and Warren Engine Company. A wheelwright by trade, he was killed while repairing a wagon when the brake lever broke and hit him in the head.
29. John Wagner: 1825-1908. Operated Carson Brewery with Jacob Klein from 1860-1877. Elected Ormsby County Treasurer 1964, Assemblyman, White Pine County, 1870. Brewery located at 449 West King Street, now a museum and arts center.
30. George & Sophie Tufly: 1818-1891, 1829-1889. Operated St. Charles Hotel; State Treasurer of Nevada 1882-1890.
31. Harrison Shrieves: 1846-1874. Conductor on Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Served in Civil War in Tenth Ohio Cavalry. Married to Tufly's daughter, Louise. Died from effects of medicine administered by Dr. Stephenson of Virginia City.
32. James Vair: 1852-1897. Conductor on Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Met untimely death while switching and uncoupling train cars when he fell under wheels of train. Unique "carved" tree logs used as his marker.
33. Abe Cohn: 1859-1934. Operated mercantile store specializing in Indian goods. Sponsored Washoe basket weaver Dat-so-la- lee.
34. M. Harris: 1824-1896. Early settler in Genoa. Operated merchantile store and ran peddler's wagon to mining camps in Mono county, California (Bodie, Aurora, Lundy). Member Masons and I.O.O.F. stone is in Hebrew and English.
35. Henry & Elizabeth Fulstone: 1805-1897, 1811- 1881. Early family settlers in Carson Valley. Natives of England. Henry was shoemaker and he kept a diary describing early life in Nevada Territory.
36. Cowan Children. Three small children of Elvira and John Cowan. Elvira was one of Abe Curry's daughters. John ran a saddlery business in Carson. One child, Will, lived to adulthood.
37. Abram Curry: 1815-1873. "Father of Carson City." Note his many contributions to Carson and the state. First superintendent and founder of U.S. Branch Mint. Home located at 406 North Nevada.
38. Charles Curry: 1836-1863. son of Abram. Operated a saloon in Carson; elected Ormsby County Clerk, 1863. Died at age 27, leaving wife and two small sons.
39. Dr. Anton W. Tjader: 1825-1870. Native of Russia. Served as surgeon in Crimean War (1854) and with Major Ormsby in Pyramid Lake War. Married to Curry's daughter, Lucy Ann. Ran medical practice in Carson for many years.
40. Jennie Clemens: 1855-1864. Daughter of Orion and Jane Clemens, niece of Mark Twain. Was raising money to purchase Bible for Presbyterian Church at time of her death. Curry donated sandstone marker for her gravesite.
41. John E. Jones: 1840-1896. Eighth governor of Nevada (1895-1896); first governor elected as Silver Pary candidate. Surveyor General of Nevada 1886-1894. Home located at 600 West Robinson.
Elizabeth W. Jones: 1861-1925. Native of Wales, married John Jones in 1880. Supporter of women's sufferage. Appointed Assistant Librarian, Nevada State Library in 1896.
42. Roswell K. Colcord: 1839-1939. Seventh governor of Nevada (1891-1895). Appointed by President McKinley as Superintendent of U.S. Branch Mint, Carson City (1898-1911). Died at age 100 on aniversary of Nevada's Diamond Jubilee.
Mary F. Colcord: 1847-1924. Moved to Nevada in 1860 with parents, settled in Virginia City. Married Roswell Colcord 1868. Supported women's suffrage.
43. Dr. S. L. Lee: 1844-1927. Settled in Pioche in 1872, moving to Carson in 1879. Served as health officer, originated 1911 Vital Statistics Law, served 20 years as surgeon for Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Dr. Lee's collection of Indian baskets donated to Nevada State Museum by his wife in 1934.
44. Anne H. Martin: 1857-1928. Editor/proprietor of Carson Daily Morning News (1892-1895); appointed by President Harding as first woman superintendent of a U.S. Branch Mint (U.S. Federal Assay Office) in 1921.
45. Reinhold Sadler: 1848-1906. Ninth governor of Nevada (1896-1902). Native of Prussia, moved to Nevada and engaged in merchantile business. Signed law licensing prize fighting in Nevada, allowing Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight of 1897.
Louise Z. Sadler: 1852-1923. Native of Prussia. Settled in Hamilton with parents, where her father, Louis, ran a meat market. Married Reinhold Sadler in 1874.
46. Denver S. Dickerson: 1872-1925. Eleventh governor of Nevada (1908-1910). Settled in White Pine County, editor White Pine News and other papers. Appointed warden of Nevada State Prison by Governor Scrugham.
Una R. Dickerson: 1881-1959. First Nevada-born first lady; born in Hamilton. Married Denver Dickerson in 1904. Became librarian for Washoe County Law Library in 1927; honored as Mother of the Year in 1945. Her ghost supposedly haunts the Governor's Mansion.
C-1. G. Raffeto: 1848-1889. Longtime rancher in Carson. Died as a result of being struck by a wood truck.
C-2. Mathias & Marcella Rinckel: 1833-1879. Mathias emigrated to America from Germany as a child. Settled in Carson City in 1863; ran Eagle Market and owned a horse racing track on Roop Street. Built Rinckel Mansion 1876, considered one of the most palatial homes in the city. Home is located at 102 North Curry and is now a restaurant.
Marcella Rinckel: 1849-1933. Native of New York, settled in Genoa with sister. Actively involved in women's suffrage. Ran boarding house in Carson City. Alf Doten was one of her boarders.
C-3. Catholic Priests: Four Catholic priests associated with St. Marys in the Mountains of Virginia City, St. Teresa de Avila of Carson City, and the Catholic church in Bodie are interred here.
C-4. Gillooly Children: 1864, 1865-1868. The two young sons of P.H. and Mary Gillooly died in 1868 within ten days of each other.
C-5. Dominioue Brault: 1893-1897. The young child of the Brault's was born in Canada. His father sold wood and operated the Brault Hotel, catering to French-Canadian woodcutters. Rare wooden marker.
C-6. F.X. Meloche: Born in Canada, worked at Glenbrook cutting timber for use in the Comstock mines. May have been employed by the El Dorado Wood and Flume Company, owned by H.M. Yerington. His marker reflects he died at Glenbrook.
C-7. W.H. McHugh: McHugh was a native of Vermont. Example of very old, weathered wooden marker.
C-8. Kete Harper Murey: 1855-1877. Note unusual spelling of first and last name. Beautifully inscribed stone.
C-9. Hoye Family: The Hoye family, early settlers of Walker River, Nevada are interred here. Their young son, Frankie (1865-1871) died in Genoa after receiving medical treatment in Carson City.
C-10. Circe Family: Domina (1840-1902), Victoria (1819-1926), and Godefroie (1870-1875) are buried here. Domina operated the French Hotel and the Carson City Exchange Hotel.