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Crosses honoring Camp Fire victims collected by Gold Nugget Museum

About 40 to 45 crosses honoring lives lost during the Camp Fire have been collected by the Gold Nugget Museum.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 10:53 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The crosses commemorating the lives lost in the Camp Fire are no longer in the entrance of Paradise.

Action News Now spoke with the executive director of the Gold Nugget Museum he says they will be taking care of them right now.

About 40 to 45 crosses honoring lives lost during the Camp Fire have been collected by the Gold Nugget Museum.

“We felt and feel like a mandate for the museum to collect those crosses store them safely preserve them and then bring them into a memorial setting later on," said Mark Thorp, the executive director for the Gold Nugget Museum.

He says the weather has worsened the wood crosses.

"They were falling apart that is the wood is pressed it was starting to peel apart fragments were falling to the sides of the crosses. And for those who have had the opportunity to see them they noticed they were at a state of disrepair,” Thorp said.

Thorp knows the crosses are sensitive symbols so they asked for help from cities that went through tragedy too like Las Vegas and Pittsburgh.

"In conversation with them their historical societies have collected up these crosses for purposes of posterity,” Thorp said.

The museum on Facebook says each family was contacted to retrieve or collect the cross or surrender it.

"If it's to make them safer I think it's a great idea because they do commemorate the lives lost here. I think they should refurbish them and I think they should put them back up," said Dave Davis, a man who lives in Magalia.

Thorp says the crosses are stored in secret locations where the crosses will be dry.

Right now there are no plans as to what to do with the crosses in the future.


The Gold Nugget Museum says they have been in discussion with 10 other organizations in Paradise about how to memorialize the crosses.


Suggestions for settings for the crosses are the “Triangle” on the Skyway, the Gold Nugget Museum and the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The museum says people will have a chance to collect a loved one's cross.

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