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Nearly all early pioneer communities had a cemetery. Little River’s was established around 1863. Etta Stevens Pullen's diary documents the first known burial as that of Katie Pullen who died of measles as an infant in Little River, California in 1864. The arrow in the above image points to Katie's grave.

As you search among headstones, an inkling of the life and times of the community unfolds. Losses of fishermen and woodsmen, death of pioneer children, and Civil War casualties, speak to the times and the tragedies that befell the hardy settlers.

The Museum has a complete map and census of the cemetery along with a Civil War and Veterans census, personal diaries, possessions, and information about some of the people buried there.