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History of the Dublin Cemetery

The Dublin Pioneer Cemetery at 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin, Ca. is a historic cemetery which includes the final resting place for several San Ramon and Tassajara pioneers. These include the Close, Dougherty, Glass, Harlan, Lynch, McPherson, Norris, Olsson, Rasmussen and Williams families.

The cemetery is part of Dublin’s Heritage Park and Museums and the site is an impressive one. Visitors can see the Murray Schoolhouse Museum (1856), St. Raymond Catholic Church (1859), the original Kolb house (1910) and an array of other historic buildings and barns.  The 10-acre Park is owned and managed by the City of Dublin.

Tom Donlon, who was working on the church’s roof in 1859, fell to his death from the roof.  He is the first person recorded to have been buried in the cemetery. There may have been earlier burials.  Gordon Rasmussen said that a photograph of him working the plough was used as the model for the Dublin Cemetery sign.

The eastern part of the cemetery has Catholic burials which includes the Norris family of San Ramon. Evidently James Witt Dougherty deeded land in the western part of the cemetery which includes Protestant burials. The Dougherty Plot is a large one, situated towards the west and includes his dog Carlos. The Harlan and Glass burial sites may be located at the very back. Burials of San Ramon and Tassajara pioneers may be found throughout this beautiful little cemetery.