Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, CA

Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, CA

(now a part of Calvary Pioneer Memorial Park, aka Pioneer Park;
aka Catholic Cemetery, aka Mission Hills Cemetery, aka Old Catholic Cemetery)
1501 Washington Place, San Diego, CA 92103

"Dedicated to the Memory of Those Interred Within This Park"

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This web site is a comprehensive study and presentation of existing information about the historic Calvary Cemetery (now a part of Calvary Pioneer Memorial Park) at 1501 Washington Place in San Diego, California.  It is devoted to honoring and preserving the memory of the people who are buried there.

Calvary Cemetery (part of what is now Calvary Pioneer Memorial Park, commonly just called Pioneer Park) in the Mission Hills community of San Diego, California was a Catholic cemetery primarily in use between 1875 and 1919.  Burials continued until 1960 however.  In 1970 the cemetery was converted to a public park and the grave markers (but not the people) were removed.  A group of some of the gravestones were clustered together and a central memorial was placed in the southeast corner of the park. Subsequently, the removed and discarded gravestones were buried on the grounds of San Diego's Mount Hope Cemetery.  This action destroyed these historic monuments and the only existing record of hundreds of people who were born and died before birth and death certificates became standard.

The exact number of people buried at Calvary Cemetery is not known. Complete records no longer exist in one place.  However, the exhaustive research for this web site has documented almost 4,000 burials.  More than 1,500 of the burials occurred before July 1, 1905 when California established specific statewide requirements for registration of deaths.

The purpose here is to document what is known about Calvary Cemetery and the people buried there.  Accessible through the pages of this web site are: 

Use the links along the left side of each page or links within the text of the pages to navigate.

Your contribution to the body of knowledge about Calvary Cemetery is welcome and solicited.

If you encounter any type of problem (data errors, omissions, missing links, broken links, typographical errors, HTML / page format errors, etc.) on this web site, please let me know so the problem can be corrected promptly.

Comments and suggestions are appreciated.

This plaque is part of the central memorial at
Calvary Pioneer Memorial Park

Pages of this site may be freely linked to.  Information from this site may be used by individuals for personal, private, noncommercial use only.  The entire compilation and arrangement of information located on this web site or any major portion thereof or the HTML Code for any page or major portion thereof may not be duplicated without consent.  The copyrights of any contributor's material remain with the contributor.

Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, CA

Marna L. Clemons
(858) 486-6099
[email protected]

Created April 2004
Last Revision -
Saturday, 08-Sep-2018 12:49:26 MDT
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