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White Pine County, Nevada
T14N R67E Sec 12
Lat: 39°05'32"N, Lon: 114°24'01"W
From Ely, Nevada take U.S. 50 east (going south) for 34 miles. Bear right off U.S. 50 and continue three miles to Osceola. This turnoff is well marked with a Nevada Historical Marker depicting some of the history in the area. The road to the cemetery can be driven with two-wheel drive, dependent upon weather conditions.
Osceola is properly pronounced "Asi-yahola. The name honors the noted Seminole chief Osceola and is from asi, "black drink" and Yaholo, a drawn out cry made by an attendant while each man drinks in turn. It is situated in a canyon, with mountains on the north and west at an altitude of 7,500 feet. George G. Blair first settled the town. By 1881, Blair was keeping the mining records and the town contained two stores, one hotel, one restaurant, one livery stable, a blacksmith shop, and other places of industry. The buildings were constructed mostly of wood. A frame schoolhouse 12x20 with a seating capacity of thirty had been erected.Osceola Mining District is a mineral rich area containing Placer Gold, gold, silver, lead, tungsten, and phosphate rock. Joseph Watson and Frank Hicks discovered the Osceola District in August 1872. It was organized in October of the same year. Lack of water to wash the gravel initially hindered development.
In 1948, a fire consumed most of the town of Osceola. This is not a ghost town. People still make their homes on Osceola and some mining is being done. Much of Osceola is private property or patented mining claims. Please respect this. Osceola has survived longer than any other placer camp in Nevada and has the scars to prove it. As with any area where there is mining activity, this is not a place for the incautious especially if accompanied by small children or pets.
The Osceola cemetery is on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Ely District.The following is tombstone reading only. There are many more unidentified graves in the Osceola Cemetery.
- Donna Frederick
Bussey, Charles, b. 8 Dec 1843, d. 31 Oct 1887, We part dear one to meet in a brighter world above
Collings, Inez L., b. 27 Apr 1908, d. 15 May 1908, Budded on Earth to bloom in Heaven, Daughter of A.O. & I.M. Collings
Hudson, Eliz Ann, b. 1869, d. 23 Mar 1901
Katham, Deckros, b. Conansvile PO Canada, 24 Mar 1899 Cleveland, Nevada, 58y
Marriott, Bertha, b. 26 Jan 1908, d. 08 Mar 1908 Budded on Earth to bloom in Heaven
Marriott, George Henry, d. 15 Jul 1890, age: 10m 6d, Gone but not Forgotten
Marriott, Mary, b. 1861, d. 29 Mar 1905, Mother
Marriott, Sarah, b. 9 Mar 1826, d. 8 Nov 1899, Mother, A precious one Mom is gone. Advice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant in our home. Which never may be filled
Moyeer, Stanley H., b. 10 Sep 1826, d. 18 Nov 1826, Our Dear
Odgers, Charles H., b. 3 Jun 1848 Cornwall, England, 11 Dec 1903
Scott, J. T., b. 4 May 1827 Ohio, 01 Jul 1903
Skinner, Julius A., b. 5 May 1829, d. 17 Jan 1893
Swallow, George A., d. 22 Jan 1881, age: 3Y 11d, Where immortal spirits reign there we shall meet again
Deaths & Obituaries: Newspapers 1690-Present