The cemetery lies about 500ft behind the chapel. The chapel was established
in 1830. The cemetery contains the remains of Cupeño Indians
who originally lived in the Warner Springs area. In 1897 an issue arose
over the residence of the Indians. The owners of the land did not want
them there, even though the Cupeños had lived there for unknown
generations. The California State Supreme Court chose to evict them.
In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt intervened by offering to buy the land
from the owners, who at that time were the heirs of former California
Governor John Downey. The heirs refused to sell. Roosevelt offered to
buy a new home for the Indians.
Cecille Blacktooth, leader of the Cupeños, refused to move.
He replied, "You see that graveyard over there? They are our
fathers and grandfathers. You see that eagle nest mountain and rabbit
hole mountain? When God made them, he gave us this place. We have always
been here. We do not care for any other place. It may be good but it
is not ours...this is our home...if Harvey Downey says he owns this
place, that is wrong..." In 1903 the Cupeños were relocated
to the Pala Indian Reservation.
A total of 62 markers were counted. Most of them are wooden crosses
with no inscriptions. To reach the cemetery, take State Highway 79 to
Warner Springs. The Chapel lies on the north end of the city limits
and is clearly visible from the highway. A dirt road leads up to the
chapel, and beyond it is the cemetery.
- Steve Paul Johnson
Blacktooth, Susanna A., b. 1892, d. 1962
Hughes, Joseph S., b. 16 Aug 1927, d. 25 Sep 1996, "Jody",
"US Marine Corps World War II"
Hyde, Ben Joseph, b. 25 Apr 1887, d. 15 May 1961
Keane, Charles F., b. 25 Mar 1935, d. 30 Aug 1997, "US Navy"
Nolasquez, Roscinda A., b. 3 Apr 1892, d. 4 Feb 1987, "Gram",
"Last survivor of the original Cupa people in the 1903 eviction
from Warner Springs to Pala."
Taylor, Banning Vail, b. 19 Oct 1905, d. 24 Sep 1998, "The
Boss", "Beloved Husband, Father, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa"
Taylor, Banning Vail Jr., b. 19 Aug 1936, d. 14 Jun 1986, "Skip",
"Son, Husband, Dad, Brother"
Taylor, Theresa P., b. 19 Mar 1908, d. 15 Aug 1988, "Beloved
wife of Arthur L. Taylor Sr. 55 Years", "Loving Mother and
Wilson, Hazel E., b. 25 Oct 1914, d. 22 Aug 1990, "Loving
Mother and Grandmother"