Friday, March 27, 2009

A glance to the past....

It's cemetery day...

Dublin's Heritage Center has our Pioneer Cemetery in which are buried many of the town's founding families. The Cemetery rests behind Old St. Raymond's Church. Oh, the stories these people could tell.

(click on any of the photos to see a bigger version where you can read the plaques)

Burial site of John Martin, who helped rescue members of the aforementioned Donner Party. Behind him rests Tom Donlon, who actually died falling off the roof of St. Raymond's Church.

Resting place of the Fallon family, another family who helped rescue the Donners.

Founding family Dougherty, whose patriarch was James W. Dougherty. He was one of the founding members of Alameda County, where Dublin is! Read the sign... if you look closely at the foot of James' grave....

... you can see the small headstone for his beloved dog, Carlo.


  1. What a neat posts. Instead of one cemetery assignment, you did two!

    That was neat about the Donner party.

    Falling off the roof? Not too many people make history for that.

    I love that dog grave.

  2. Donlon is kind of infamous, I guess, for his demise! And in an extra twist, this cemetery is behind the very church where he died... he's probably buried 50 or so feet away from the spot!

    Being a dog lover, I was a sucker for that story and had to include it. :)