What Lies Beneath California by Gail Jenner

WHAT LIES BENEATH:

CALIFORNIA PIONEER CEMETERIES AND GRAVEYARDS

 

In each of California’s 58 counties there are hundreds (and hundreds) of cemeteries, burial sites, and abandoned graveyards, some tucked away behind storefronts or under paved streets.

“Burying grounds” are found in neighborhoods, pastures and fields, in downtowns, backyards or deep in the woods. The lives still buried beneath the soil, pavement and rocks, or under the waters of this state are revealed through stories about these western graveyards, features on headstones, symbols, and burial traditions used by pioneers or early settlers, as well as the stories of those who claimed California as their own — including stories of early Spanish and Mexican and Native Americans, Chinese immigrants, plus settlers and pioneers. 

What Lies Beneath features stories of pioneer cemeteries in the western states, revealing the tales behind the intriguing, lost, abandoned, forgotten, and earliest graveyards in the Sunshine State. Some of the stories include the tragedies facing those individuals as well as their triumphs. Along with dozens of black and white photos, there is also a series of color photos. 

Unearth the Mysteries of Those Who Lie Beneath the Oldest Graveyards in the Golden State

In each of California’s 58 counties there are hundreds (and hundreds) of cemeteries, burial sites, and abandoned graveyards, some tucked away behind storefronts or under paved streets. “Burying grounds” are found in neighborhoods, pastures, fields, downtowns, backyards, or deep in the woods. In What Lies Beneath: California Pioneer Cemeteries and Graveyards, author Gail L. Jenner exhumes the stories of these pioneers buried beneath the soil, pavement, and rocks, or under the waters of this state. This guide also provides descriptions of headstone features and symbols, and demystifies the burial traditions used by the Native Americans, Spanish, Chinese immigrants, and early California pioneers and settlers.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ TwoDot (September 15, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 360 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1493048953
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1493048953
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.61 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches

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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!

What a wonderful book! I truly hope Gail Jenner will continue her quest telling the stories of those who paved the way in the Old West/California. I would love to see a series about those forgotten or old pioneer cemeteries by Mrs. Jenner. I love this book! The only downside, and I didn't take any stars away for it, is the photo quality.. I wish the photos were clearer and sharp.

Laura A. Bentley June 3, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Known & little known cemeteries

This is a well researched & clearly written book on cemeteries. The histories are told for the well known and unknown cemeteries and the people buried in them. I enjoyed this book very much. It is well worth the reasonable price.

Frank Warren February 2, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book

This book is very well written and full of information. It was not exactly what we were looking for but will read and enjoy

Linda Smith November 27, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great history lessons

I have always loved cemeteries, so seeing this book I had to buy. I surely was not disappointed, a great history lesson about our states cemeteries. Not too many smalls ones left out of the region I am from, I would say she surely did her research.

Dianne C. Hasemeyer November 1, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Lies Beneath: California Pioneer Cemeteries and Graveyards

Great book and love the photos.

Victoria T. October 16, 2021

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