Pioneer Cemetery - Kamloops, BC
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N 50° 40.642 W 120° 19.259
10U E 689272 N 5617372
Pioneer Cemetery was the first cemetery in Kamloops, with the final burial taking place in 1901. Falling into disuse, it was finally taken over by the city and restored in 1962
Waymark Code: WMMCBZ
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 08/30/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
Views: 3


Pioneer rancher John Peterson provided property for a public cemetery in 1876. The land was offered to local government agent John Ussher. Ironically, Ussher was murdered just three years later and buried in the new cemetery in 1879. With the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885, Kamloops settlement began spreading eastward towards the cemetery. The New Townsite Syndicate purchased Peterson's ranch in 1884 on speculation and title to the cemetery was included in the sale. The Syndicate immediately began charging burial fees. Peterson himself had to pay $8.00 in 1892 to bury his wife. The City of Kamloops purchased a new cemetery site in 1898 which opened in 1900.

The last burial in Pioneer Cemetery occurred in 1901. The old cemetery was gradually abandoned and left derelict until 1962 when the provincial government ordered the municipality to assume care of the site.
From the Sign at the Cemetery
Group that erected the marker: City of Kamloops

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
780 Lorne Street
Kamloops, BC Canada
V2C 6L5

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