Throughout its 150-year history, the town of Warren became home to thousands of people. Whether they were leaving behind the devastation of the Civil War battlefields, the drought stricken plains of China or the desperation of the Depression-era inner city, they saw Warren as a place where they could leave their past behind and start their lives over. But what made Warren different than many of the other gold rush towns that eventually faded into ghost town oblivion, was that Warren became more than a place, it became a home. They came to Warren to escape their past and seek their fortunes, but many stayed and built a town to last throughout the ages. Today, to walk through the cemetery above town is to take a stroll through history. Tombstones reveal the names of the Civil War veterans who discovered gold and built the town, the Chinese immigrants who brought a foreign culture along with a tremendous work ethic to the valley and Depression era citizens who chose Warren as their final resting place.

Read Edmunson’s essay about the history of Warren here. — Eds.

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