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Address: South Pebble Beach Drive, Crescent City, CA
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Shipwreck history

We were told that no bodies remain in this seaside location, but it is interesting to read about the wreck of the Brother Jonathan, a Pacific Mail steamer. Informative... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Davis, California
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Davis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were told that no bodies remain in this seaside location, but it is interesting to read about the wreck of the Brother Jonathan, a Pacific Mail steamer. Informative headstones are arranged around the memorial. There are benches to sit on while you enjoy the view and remember those lost at sea.

Thank USAwalkers
Crescent City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Recently restored by Crescent City cleanup, this is a really old cemetary with gravestones dating back 200 years. It's right behind Home Depot and worth a little stop. Very sweet place.

2 Thank Rita S
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

When we visited Crescent City, there is a nice memorial to Brother Jonathan, which was a steamship that crashed and many died. There have been over the years various search parties to try to find the Brother Jonathan; we have enjoyed seeing an exhibit about it at the California State Fair once. As such, seeing this site was very thoughtful... More 

2 Thank mini
Crescent City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There is something magnetic about this park. The monument to the Brother Jonathan is done with honor. The park leads to a gorgeous overlook/ picnic area on the cliffs above our special home by the mighty Pacific. With the lighthouse in sight, and views of the sunset ever changing, this place is truly a local treasure.

3 Thank Kristina A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

It was a beautiful little park, very well maintained and the history was interesting. It was nice that they took the original headstones and embedded them into the circle in the center of the park. The views out to the ocean and lighthouse are awesome and great for pictures

4 Thank vaca0910
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Excellent piece of history close to beach , park and agate beds . A huge part of history that honestly gets overlooked by locals

2 Thank 1Gemini_Chef
San Bernardino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

My husband and I did not know about the Brother Jonathan Cemetery until we happened upon it while exploring Crescent City. It is a memorial to the people who lost their lives on the Brother Jonathan steamer that sunk in 1865. I wanted to find out the story behind this and I bought a book called "TreasureShip" when I got... More 

9 Thank Default33009
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Stopping at this cemetery by the overlook was very interesting. I had no idea about the wreck or the history behind the name. Worth looking up!

2 Thank Lang J
Ashland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

It is an old graveyard with nice old trees. It would mean more to me maybe if I was researching family history there.

1 Thank Ashlandbuck
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We toured the Crescent City Coastline from the Pier to the view of St George Lighthouse. Stopping at all the viewpoints along the way. The to anchors caught my eye so we ventured over to the Brother Jonathan Cemetery which is quite non-traditional in its size and organization. They provide a brief history of the final resting place for some... More 

1 Thank James H

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