Lovely Memorial Gate

This is a Catholic cemetery in Folsom. Many of the stones here are dated from around this era. There was a small pox pandemic in California from 1870-1874. It was, by all accounts, a horrible way to go:

“That disease…was then the most terrible of all the ministers of death. The havoc of the Plague had been far more rapid: but Plague had visited our shores only once or twice within living memory; and the small pox was always present, filling the churchyard with corpses, tormenting with constant fears all whom it had not yet stricken, leaving on those whose lives it spared the hideous traces of its power, turning the babe into a changeling at which the mother shuddered, and making the eyes and cheeks of a betrothed maiden objects of horror to the lover.”
—Thomas Babington Macaulay,
History of England

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