27 April 2009

Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nestor

One of the smallest cemeteries in South San Diego County is Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nestor, located at 7141 Iris Avenue. This private cemetery was established in 1899 by Hollis M. Peavey. The Mount Olivet Cemetery Association was incorporated by the Peavey Foundation in 1954. The gate to the cemetery is locked and many stones have been damaged or destroyed by vandals. There is more information about the cemetery, including some photographs, in the book Cemeteries of San Diego by Seth Mallios and David M. Caterino, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2007.

Tombstone inscriptions are online at http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/sandiego/cemeteries/mount-olivet.txt courtesy of Michael Harris. Michael has posted photographs at http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sandiego/photos/tombstones/mountolivet/.

I am unsure if the tombstone inscriptions and photographs are complete. My guess is that all of the identifiable persons in this cemetery are included.

KUSI reporter Michael Turko recently broadcast a video of the cleanup of this cemetery by volunteers. You can view the Video at http://www.kusi.com/features/turko/43324402.html (click on the "Video" link).

08 April 2009

La Vista Memorial Park video

The homeless and indigent in San Diego County have a new burial place - at La Vista Memorial Park in National City, one of the oldest cemeteries in San Diego County.

Watch a 3 minute video here. This was shown on the NBC-TV news outlet in San diego on 7 April 2009.

La Vista contracted with the county to bury indigent persons, many of whom have no known next-of-kin. The County previously buried indigents at Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego.

Thank you to reader Netito for the link.