Matthew Kilgore Cemetery (1874)
A hidden and often forgotten location is the nearly 150 year old Matthew Kilgore Cemetery in Rancho Cordova. Although the cemetery was established in 1874, and named after Matthew Kilgore in 1888, keen observers will note that, among plots like that of the pioneers of the region, like the Kilgore family, many headstones are marked as early as the mid 1800s.
Among its gripping past, Kilgore Cemetery saw many unfortunate years of vandalism and disrepair after the property was turned over to a mortician guilty of running a scam. What followed were years of vandals overturning headstones, tearing down the cemetery gate, leaving behind trash, cutting up trees for fire wood, and even stealing grave markers. One particularly unfortunate evening led to the grave of a Mr. Kennedy being vandalized and his skull being stolen. In some families desperation to protect their loved ones, they had entire plots covered in concrete pads. Today the cemetery is well manicured and cared for, but you will still notice many traces of the cemetery's darkest days. To read more about this fascinating story, click here!
Notable graves include those of the founding Kilgore Family (1800s), businessman William Deterding (1818-1879), miner and community figure Peter Haase (1830-1912), and builder of Mills Station, today known as the MACC, John Studarus (1824-1899). You can pay your respects and find their burial locations in Kilgore Cemetery here.
If you wish to visit Kilgore Cemetery, please do so respectfully during the daily hours of 8am - 6pm.
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