Cemeteries of San Diego

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Arcadia Publishing, 2007 - History - 127 pages
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San Diego has a rich and unique cultural history that can be effectively told through the commemoration of its dead. Local cemeteries throughout the city reflect San Diego's multiethnic cultural dynamism and pinpoint marked shifts in power from Native American to Spanish to Mexican to American governance. They also reveal the current struggle for space in a burgeoning metropolis. Graveyards, with their individually detailed and hauntingly beautiful monuments, offer an unrivaled historic yet continuous glimpse at the essence of this diverse community. The story of San Diego's cemeteries is a telling narrative that offers remarkable insight into the evolution of "America's Finest City."

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Mt. Olivet Cemetary, located at 2127 Iris. Ave. at the corner of Green Bay St. in S.W. San Diego community of Nestor (by Imperial Beach) establish late 1800's was abandoned and grown over in the 1960's. It now has new owners; James Mathias and Bruce Jones who are undertaking a beautification project, and the site is once again active with burial plots available at bargain prices.
Contact James Mathias at 619-962-7728 or Bruce Jones at 619-636-2907


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In this new volume, authors Seth Mallios and David M. Caterino present the results of the San Diego Gravestone Project, which includes the discovery of many lost San Diego cemeteries that have been unceremoniously erased from the current landscape. Mallios, associate professor and chair of the anthropology department at San Diego State University, and Caterino, coordinator of the South Coastal Information Center, present here a detailed photographic record of the city's historic graveyards over the past three centuries.

Building on their previous book, Cemeteries of San Diego, which spotlighted the cityas graveyards, authors David M. Caterino and Seth Mallios detail all of San Diego Countyas burial grounds in this volume. Caterino, an archaeologist and coordinator of the South Coastal Information Center, and Mallios, professor and chair of the anthropology department at San Diego State University, have pinpointed many lost cemeteries as part of the San Diego Gravestone Project. Their ongoing work in local graveyards endeavors to preserve local history and reconnect present San Diegans with the past.