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.
Cemeteries of San Diego, California (Images of America Series)by Seth Mallios, San Diego County Gravestone Project, David M. Caterino
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… See more details below
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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My sister and her family live in San Diego. My neice was a student of Dr. Mallios at UCSD. Since San Diego is so big, there really was no land for cemeteries. I was surprised to learn that there are some very old cemeteries that now have streets or highways built over them. Very few of the graves have ever been identified. Dr. Mallios and his students did research on the history of SD cemeteries and found that they go as far back as before SD became incorporated. Right now, there are very few cemeteries still used because of the lack of land. I felt like I was right there with them as they did their research. Very interesting book. If you ever go to SD, you definitely have to check them out! There are also some ghost stories for all you ghost story fans! I definitely recommend this book!