Collinsville Cemetery

The residents of Collinsville Cemetery look out from their portraits across the edges of the Suisun Bay marshlands, toward memories of fishing on the Sacramento River. Their names are mostly Italian — Citeralla, Lagalla, Lanciotti, Martorello, Olivieri, Scettrini, and others. In the late 1800s, Collinsville was a busy place for salmon fishing and supported as many as 3 canneries. In 1898, a man named Giuseppi DiMaggio arrived in Collinsville from Sicily to fish with other Italian immigrants, though four years later he moved down-river to Martinez (where a son named Joe was born). Fishing and canning continued here through the 1940s, but in 1951 the Sacramento River near Collinsville was closed to gill netting, and most of the town’s residents moved elsewhere. The ones you see below stayed.

Collinsville Cemetery

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Looking toward Suisun Bay

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Pietro

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Adelaide

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Alfonso

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Rose

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Antonio and Francesco

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John

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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