|Crystal Peak Cemetery
Near intersection of Dog Valley & Sable
N39 degrees 31.510, W119 degrees 59.917
All photographs donated by Bob Berrington of Reno, Nevada
(September, 2006 Copyright) unless indicated otherwise
|"Legend has it that the
cemetery was established when the town of Crystal Peak
was situated to the west of the cemetery just across the
state line in California. The first recorded burial in
the Crystal Peak Cemetery was a 15 year old girl named
Rebecca J. Dunn on January 15, 1864. The second burial is
shown as 1867.
It has been said, and some indication exists, that many of the Chinese that worked building the railroad were buried in the southwest corner of the cemetery. Legend has it that there are also Indian graves, but no one is sure where they are located. Many graves were marked with wooden markers that over the years and through neglect were destroyed. The cemetery was not controlled by any organization and during the depression years went in disarray until after World War II.
In 1949, interested individuals decided to upgrade the cemetery and the area was graded to clear the land and a new fence was installed around the perimeter. In1955, interested parties began the task of forming an organization to control the functions of the cemetery. The property on which the cemetery sat was part of the ranch holdings owned by Mr. Herbert Kronish.
The Verdi Cemetery Association, Inc. was formed on June 22, 1970. In 1984, after many years of negotiations with the Kronish Estate, the existing cemetery was deeded to the Verdi Cemetery Association.
In the last few years, the Association has been trying to get an accurate record of the burials at the Cemetery. For many years, the funeral homes in Reno had the only records. It was only when some members walked through the cemetery and copied tombstones and went to the funeral homes and copied their information that names and dates have been recorded.
In 2003, the Senior Citizens Group of Verdi donated 30 headstones that were placed on unmarked graves and some names were added of those markers [that] had been lost. At the present time, there are 248 burials on record." ---Barbara Ting
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