|End of School House Street|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
There are three separate cemeteries at the end of School House Road in Columbia. The short lane between the school house and cemetery entrances is considered to be Cemetery Street, but there are no signs and that name does not appear on most maps.
The three cemeteries have separate gates, are fenced off from each other, and from left to right are:
Columbia Odd Fellows Cemetery
Columbia Masonic Cemetery
Columbia Public Cemetery
Please make sure you have the correct cemetery when adding memorials. This cemetery is complete and burials are no longer placed here.
The first burial took place June 14th 1852, a Hugh Gillis, and the burial was up on the hill south of State Street and west of Silver Street. When gold was discovered there in January of 1853, the burials were disturbed and desecrated on what was now called Gold Hill. The town Masons appointed a committee to select a new burial ground, and on an October Thursday, they moved John Barclay and John H Smith from Gold Hill to the new burial ground, the present day Masonic cemetery, its perimeter marked by a white fence. The cemetery records have been lost and destroyed several times over the years. The maps and plot numbering system created by Hart R Tambs in 1987 is the basis for recording these burials today.
Columbia Grand Lodge No. 28