Maiden's Grave

California State Historic Landmark 28

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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Broken dreams and hope, carried 2000 miles through scorching deserts and over lofty mountains. At last... the sight of the promise land. Those of you who visit this grave carry a torch of love and hope (which this young girl lost), and pass it on, to generations unborn.
Rechall Melton was laid to rest here, on a cold and frosty morning, Oct. 4, 1850. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Rachael Melton
Oct. 4, 1850
Native of Iowa
Erected by guests at Kirkwood

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Hwy 88 (PM 61.3), 10.5 mi W of Kirkwood.

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Donald Laird