COMSTOCK CEMETERY FOUNDATION






 

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@ 2009 by Comstock Cemetery Foundation
 

The Comstock Cemetery

Foundation Board 

Operating Board
Judy Allen-Vice Chair, Catholic Director
Ross Bevans -Chair, Odd Fellows
Virgil Bucchianeri-County Director
Alexis Dillon-Treasurer
Gena Wood-Secretary
Cal Dillon-Defunct

James Clark-Masons

  Joe Curtis-Liberty Engine Co             
Richard Kohn-Jewish/Director
Susan Stornetta-Silver City Cemetery/Director
Candace Wheeler -Executive Director, and member of the board

Ordinal Comstock Miners' Lantern
CCF Collection; Wheeler
Fencing  on the Comstock;
Reconstructed wooden in Firemens'
New Iron in Gold Hill
Grave Surround; Gold Hill

CCF Collection
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Comstock Cemetery Board

 

The CCF Board has been together for 10 years now. In 2009 we formally took up the responsibility of co-managing the Silver City Cemetery with Lyon County and welcomed a new representative from the Silver City community

 

The CCF, a non-profit organization, was established in the year 2000.  The Operating Board comprises members of organizations represented within the Silver Terrace Cemeteries, Virginia City (NV), Silver City (SC), and Gold Hill Cemeteries in Gold Hill (NV). The Comstock 's population during its' heyday is estimated as high as 35,000 people.  As a result many religious, ethnic, and Fraternal Organizations existed.  The board directors mirror the demographics of the cemeteries made up of those religious, ethnic, and fraternal groups. 

We may be a small non-profit, but have giving and supportive partners:
Storey County and Public Works.
State Historic Perservation Office
 
The Comstock History Center

The residents of the Comstock have supported our efforts since 1999 when we had $11.23

Comstock Cemetery Board

Operating Board pictured below

Overview; Cemetery Types

The Comstock is host to a variety of cemetery types representative of a myriad of different landscape styles. The spaces for the dead mirrored the social tapestry with its places for the living. When prospectors arrived at the mining towns most were unsure of success, lacking a sense of permanence and place in their pioneering adventure.

Dillon
"Outstanding in his Field"
The Mission of the CCF Board

Cemeteries of the Victorian era, such as the Gold Hill and Silver Terrace, were viewed as gardens.  They were places for contemplation and for the enjoyment of gardens and nature.  Even in the barron land on the side of Sun Mountain, the cemeteries were filled with trees, flowering plants, roses, morning glories and dense fields of purple clover.  

Not even a shadow of these historic gardens remains today, only the dead carcasses of old trees and overgrown sagebrush.  The early community wanted the cemeteries to be a beautiful oasis in the desert landscape and a dignified place to bury their loved ones.  These 19th century cemeteries, complete with watering systems, were the prelude to America's national parks. They are disappearing from sight and from memory. 

The Mission is to restore the gardens of the past and share their story in an innovative and provocative manner.