Maiden's Grave

The Maiden's Grave is named for Lucinda Parker Duncan, who died here near Gravelly Ford on August 15, 1863. Despite the name, Duncan wasn't a maiden at all - she was born around 1792 in Virginia and was travelling west as the matriarch of her family when she passed. Family accounts claim she suffered a heart attack, and her body was buried by the trail out of necessity.

Reportedly, her grave was discovered about five years later by workers building the Central Pacific Railroad. They could make out that the remains belonged to a female, but believed that they belonged to a teenager. They moved the grave to the bluff above, where they are today, and called it the Maiden's Grave. It wasn't until later that the true story was revealed, though the name stuck.

I Visited Maiden's Grave
6.26.2005