Cemetery District Board of Trustees:
Seat 3 Vacant
Cemetery Superintendent: Craig Ballenger.....PH: 530-906-9570
Colfax District Cemetery
P.O. Box 231
Colfax, CA 95713.
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Grave Purchase: Craig Ballenger at 530-906-9570
Colfax Musemum & Library: Some 2500 listed graves on record.
The year was 1850 something, when the first person, Dan Bayless, was buried in what was
a parcel of land 272.25 by 400 feet,
conveyed to the town of Colfax by John Burns dated May 27,
1878. In February, 1913 a map showing the name "Evergreen Cemetery" was located on the property
of J. F. Seims,
of Illinoistown. Later an addition in 1916 was made. On May 9, 1917 the Placer
County Board of Supervisors established the Colfax District Cemetery, comprised of Judicial
No. 13, where it is now located at 180 North Canyon Way and Colfax Cemetery Road;
A second addition in 1931; A third addition in 1933, and a fourth addition was made in 1944.
Some 20 acres were set aside for future burials and is cared for by the Colfax District Cemetery
Committee. To get to the Cemetery...
Turn left onto North Canyon Way,
after entering the East I-80 Freeway off-ramp to Colfax. OR
enter the West I-80 Freeway off-ramp, cross over the Freeway, and turn left onto North Canyon
here is a separate "Colfax Indian Cemetery" located on the Iowa Hill Road, just off South Canyon
Way Road, in Colfax.
For further information on the Colfax District
To view a list of links for finding Veteran Graves SitesResources, click [HERE].Books Available in the Placer County Library System: Colfax Cemetery Recording, Author Du Vall, Anita Heston, Call number R 929.3794 DU Pub date 1984
1 copy available at Auburn Library in Genealogy shelves & Placer County, California (cemeteries). Call number R 929.5 PLA V.01, Pub date 1984, 5 copies available at Auburn Library in Genealogy shelves
According to "The Sacramento Old City Historic Cemetery" Web Page:
he word cemetery comes from the greek word for sleeping chamber and it denotes a place where the
living can chronicle an area's past.
As the population grew by the late
eighteenth century, so did the need for burial plots. The
"rural" cemetery began in this country in 1837 with the establishment of Mt. Auburn Cemetery in
By the 20th century, "rural" or "garden" cemeteries were commonplace.
Embellished with flowers, trees, and traversed by pathways and grand avenues, cemeteries took on
While families chose the tomb type and style to be constructed, they also chose the symbols they
adorn the tomb or be inscribed on the enclosure tablet (an enclosure tablet is found
on the front of the tomb and lists the names of the people buried in the tomb). Families had
different symbols to chose from and many time combined one or more of the following to
express their feelings for the family members buried in the tomb.
Anchor - this early Christian symbol of hope has been found as funerary symbolism in the art of
"Cross and Anchor" - another early Christian symbol referring to Christ as "hope we have as
an anchor of the soul, both sincere and steadfast" (Hebrews 6:19).
Angel - these "messengers of god" are very popular funerary imagery, often depicted escorting
the deceased to heaven or mourning untimely death.
Broken column - symbolizes life cut short.
Broken flower - A flower, broken off at the stem, symbolizes a life terminated at a very young
age, giving way to a term still used today. . . "nipped in the bud."
Clasped hands - a symbol originating centuries ago, the clasped hands symbolize unity and
affection even after death.
universally associated with commemoration. The column was used most often as a war
Cross - symbolizes faith and resurrection and considered the perfect
symbol of Christ's
sacrifice in the Christian religion. Common variations include the Latin cross, the Greek cross,
the Celtic cross, and the Russian or Eastern cross. Popular for
tombstone markers. Crosses can
be found on tombs in ironworks, and freestanding and relief ornamentation.
Crown - immortality.
flowers symbolize human life and beauty, but also have individual associations. Daisy:
innocence. Lily: symbolizes purity. Often associated with the Virgin Mary and resurrection. A
calla lily particularly symbolizes marriage and the lily of the valley is associated with purity
Oak - because the oak was looked upon as the tree from
which the cross was made, it became a
symbol of Christ.
Palm- originally a symbol of military victory, it was adapted into christianity as a symbol of
Christ's victory of death. Often seen as an attribute of martyrdom and eternal peace.
Pansy - symbolizes remembrance and humility.
Rose - associated with the Virgin Mary, the "rose without thorns." A red rose symbolizes
martyrdom and a white rose symbolizes purity.
God/Eye of God -
symbolizes the omnipresence of God. The eye of God enclosed in a triangle
represents the Trinity.
Hands - a hand with the index finger pointing upwards symbolizes the hope of heaven. Hands
holding a chain with a broken link symbolizes the death of a family member. The hand of God
plucking a link of the chain represents God bringing a soul unto himself. A hand holding a heart
is a symbol of the Lodge of Odd fellows.
Heart - traditionally a symbol of love, courage and intelligence, the flaming heart signifies
extreme ardor. The heart encircled with thorns symbolizes the suffering of Christ. A heart
pierced by a sword symbolizes the Virgin Mary, harkening to Simeon's prophecy to Mary at the
birth of Christ, "Yea, a sword shall pierce through thine own soul."
Hourglass - the attribute of death and Father Time, the hourglass symbolizes the passage of time
and the shortness of life.
Lamb - this symbolizes Christ in his sacrificial role
and personifies innocence, gentleness and
Mourning figure - typical early 20th century funerary image.
Obelisk - 19th century
Egyptian revival decoration universally associated with commemoration.
Torch - originally the torch was a Greek symbol of life and truth, but the inverted torch in
funerary art symbolizes death.
Urn - originating as a repository for the ashes of the dead in ancient times, the urn has
evolved into a popular symbol of mourning.
Vessel with flame - represents the eternal flame or the eternal spirit of man.
Weeping willow - a symbol of sorrow and mourning.
Wreath - originating as an ancient symbol of victory, it was adopted into the Christian religion
as a symbol of the victory of the redemption. It is now a common memorial symbol.