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).

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