The Russian Cemetery

The Russian Cemetery (HM1LWD)

Location: Jenner, CA 95450 Sonoma County
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N 38° 30.839', W 123° 14.571'

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Across the gulch to the east, a large Russian Orthodox cross marks the site of the settlement's cemetery. In 1990 the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and California State Parks conducted an archaeological investigation of the historic Russian cemetery. One hundred thirty-one Orthodox burials were identified including a large number of women and children, revealing that the settlement was a mercantile village with many families.
"To the northeast at a cannon shot's distance they have their cemetery... (a) mausoleum atop a sepulcher of three square steps, from larger to smaller. Above these was a pyramid two yards high, and over it a ball topped off by a cross, all painted white and black, which is what most attracted one's attention when you descend from the mountain. Over another burial... they placed only something like a box, and over that Kodiaks a cross..." — Father Payers, 1822.
These monuments have disappeared, but when this photograph was taken in 1895 remnants were still visible.
Placed ByCalifornia State Parks
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Date Added Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 478828 N 4262872
Decimal Degrees38.51398333, -123.24285000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 30.839', W 123° 14.571'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 30' 50.34" N, 123° 14' 34.26" W
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Area Code(s)707
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Fort Ross, Jenner CA 95450, US
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