The Mt. Whitney Cemetery District manages four cemeteries in Lone Pine area, all of which have historic interest. They are the Pioneer Cemetery, the Depot Cemetery, the 1872 Earthquake Mass Grave, and the Mt. Whitney Cemetery which can be traced back as far as 1864.
About this Site
The Pioneer Cemetery is the oldest with the graves of Mrs. McGuire and her six year old son killed at the end of the Indian Wars in 1864 in Haiwee. Also found in this cemetery are the graves of Lone Pine founder Charles Begole and other noted pioneers.
The Depot Cemetery was the second cemetery to create a new burial area when the Pioneer was filled up. The most interesting gravestone there is in Cyrillic letters and when translated says the man buried there was born in Sarajevo and died of "unnatural causes."
The Earthquake Mass grave is located near one fault line and has victims of the 1872 earthquake which was estimated to be 8.2 or greater and dropped the Owens Valley floor in the area as much as 25 feet. A plaque further documents the event.
Across the street is the Mt. Whitney Cemetery which is the last resting place of Pete Aguereberry (Death Valley Gold Miner), Gustav Marsh (Builder of Mt. Whitney Trail) and L.A. art critic and patron, Walter Hopps.