Event Details

Save the Graves 2024: Law & Order

Saturday, October 19
10am-4pm | Placerville Union Cemetery | 650 Bee Street
Gates open at 9:30am

Four major crime stories that shook El Dorado County in the post Gold Rush era. Each story is told from two perspectives.

The Murder of Susan Newnham, A Tale of Unrequited Love

  • Meet Jeremiah Vordeman Craine, the murderer and Susan Mildred (Vashti) Newnham, the victim

The John Lowell Murder: Trial, Petitions, and Moral Conflict

  • Meet Marcus Percival Bennett, prosecutor and James Madison Anderson, El Dorado County Sheriff

The Manzanita Hill Shootout of 1903: 13 Escape Folsom Prison and Head for the Hills

  • Meet John D. Spreckels, publisher of the San Francisco Call and Archibald S. Bosquit, El Dorado County Sheriff

The Bullion Bend Heist: El Dorado County’s Finest Take on California Confederacy Thieves

  • Meet Joseph Staples, El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff, killed in the line of duty and Charlie Watson, stage coach driver

And don’t miss the opportunity to meet El Dorado County’s first female deputy, Lulu Belle Cook: Badge, Broom and Justice.

Tickets $15. Kids 17 & under free.

J. & J. Blair - Characters

Pauline Larsen Blair
Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Wilcox Hurd
Matthew Blair, I
Marion Blair Harris
Mabel Blair Birdsall
Lora Kyburz Blair
John Blair
James “Bud” Blair, III
Ernest William “E.W.” Blair
Amanda Schooley Blair
Abigail Pearson Blair

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase tickets at the event?

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the gate. We accept cash, credit cards, and Venmo.

Gates open at 9:30am. Opening ceremony at 10 with the first performance at 10:30. The last performance begins at 3:10.

Each show features one of four major crimes and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Shows repeat every 40 minutes. Schedules will be posted and in the program. Get there early for good seating. Seating is limited after show begins. Ushers will be available to assist with seating and directions.

We have 2 main stages with 4 shows repeated throughout the day. On a separate stage, El Dorado County’s first deputy sheriff will be performing throughout the day.

Limited ADA parking is available in front of the cemetery. Passengers may also be dropped off. We encourage you to park in one of the following lots:

  • El Dorado High School parking lot (561 Canal St)
  • Progress House (2841 Coloma St)
  • New Wine Christian Fellowship (680 Bee St)

A free shuttle service is provided to and from the lots directly to the front gates of the cemetery. Inside the cemetery, a golf cart will provide shuttle service up the hill.

Food plans are not finalized yet – check back later for an update. You are free to bring your own. Bottled water will be available.

No pets (unless you have an approved ADA service animal).

Tickets are nonrefundable.

In the event of rain, we may announce an alternate indoor venue.

This is a historic cemetery with uneven terrain, steep hills and graves throughout. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Please take care walking around the cemetery. And yes, it’s okay to walk on the graves here.

For additional questions, please email: info@savethegraveseldorado.org