San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Gravedigger of Old Town
— (In Memory of) —
Legend has it that this hoary old Mexican man made a murderous attack upon his good wife. His penance was to ring the church bells whenever the occasion demanded. Rafael worked industriously chopping wood, hauling, digging wells, or cleaning them out, but his most noble work, was to dig graves every time the Angel of Death came to Old Town.
This weather beaten old man was a devotee who came to be seen trundling his wheelbarrow down the road daily.
Never did he miss a church service. With abject humility and self-abasement, he would bow beside the basin of the chapel and cross himself with the Holy water. He’d gaze at the alter then edge toward it in rapt devotion, before sinking to his knees in prayer.
From the notes of Miss Lilian Whaley, she writes, “It
Erected 1995 by The Friends of El Campo Santo Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Hispanic Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 45.1′ N, 117° 11.606′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is located at the El Campo Santo Cemetery in Old Town, Sacramento. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 Block of San Diego Avenue, San Diego CA 92110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Campo Santo (The Holy Field) (within shouting distance of this marker); Adobe Chapel of The Immaculate Conception (within shouting distance of this marker); The Whaley House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Derby Dike (about 600 feet away); Lt. George H. Derby (about 600 feet away); Old Ballast Point Lighthouse, San Diego (about 600 feet away); Lloyd T. Lowrey Plaza (about 800 feet away); Adobe Construction (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,390 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.