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This is reprinted from the Weekly Digest of California State Parks. It’s a reminder of the problem of cemetery vandalism that occurs across the county, often far more destructive than this case. Many RVers who enjoy visiting cemeteries have come across similar scenes, and we suspect most ask themselves “Why?” Vandalized headstones found in late November 2020 at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Photo from Matt Walker, Gold Fields District. In late November 2020, California State Park’s Gold Fields District staff made a startling and disappointing discovery at Coloma’s Pioneer Cemetery in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (SHP): The cemetery was struck by vandals and two historic headstones had been toppled. Unfortunately, there were no witnesses to the vandalism, but, fortunately, neither headstone was damaged. Vandalism is a constant problem that plagues historic cemeteries. The two fallen headstones in Coloma’s Pioneer Cemetery belong to Henry Mahler Sr. and his daughter, Matilda. The Mahlers were a prominent family in Coloma and El Dorado County for more than half a century, from the early days of the California Gold Rush to the turn of the 20th century, culminating with the election of Henry Mahler Jr. to the State Senate in the 1880s. These toppled headstones mark two of approximately 500 burials in Coloma’s Pioneer Cemetery that memorialize the lives of those who traveled here beginning in 1848 from all over the country and the world in search of gold and a better life. Gold Fields District, with the support […]