Dublin, California was settled around the time of the California gold rush. My last two posts included part of the Dublin Heritage Museum that includes Old St. Raymond Church and The Murray Schoolhouse. On the same grounds is the Pioneer Cemetery that was formally opened in 1859 with the burial of Tom Donlan who had come to California from Ireland. Tom fell from the church roof while it was being built, and he was the first known person buried in this cemetery in 1859, though there is a headstone dating back to 1852.
While I’m not usually a superstitious person, and while I was absolutely content wandering about the cemetery by myself taking photos with no one else around, and while the sunny afternoon quickly turned to gray overcast skies with the wind kicking up and I had to zip up my jacket…..I had a dream that night that conveyed to me that I should not post any of the photos I took of the graves and headstones. My husband says it was my subconscious dealing with some fear I have, or better yet, my Catholic school upbringing that taught me about respecting the dead. I don’t think so, but who knows. Thus the photos of the trees that provide a canopy over the graves. I’m glad I took photos of the trees as well as the graves.
The giant Oak, Hawthorne, and Walnut trees have shed their leaves for the winter providing a lush brown carpet over the paths and around the graves of these pioneers. Some headstones are tall obelisks that are a weathered white with moss growing around some of the carvings. The family names on the headstones are the names of current streets, and of surrounding valleys and canyons.
J W Dougherty has one of those tall Obelisk headstones with a little white marble headstone at the foot of his grave with a carving of a dog and the dog’s name carved below that.
Photos by Angeline M