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El Campo Santo (The Holy Field)

 
 
El Campo Santo (The Holy Field) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 25, 2005
1. El Campo Santo (The Holy Field) Marker
Inscription. El Campo Santo once included The Adobe Chapel on Conde Street, in which is buried Jose Antonio Aguirre and where funeral services were held for Maria Victoria Dominguez Estrillo, Cave Johnson Couts, and many distinguished early San Diegans, between 1849 and 1897. 477 persons were buried in these grounds. Antonio Garra was the most eminent of many Native Americans interred here. A number of graves were relocated after 1874. A street railway bisected the cemetery in 1894. The wall around this portion was built in 1933. Restoration has continued to the present.
 
Erected 1994 by The State Department of Recreation in cooperation with the San Diego City Department of Parks and Recreation and Squibob Chapter, E. Clampus Vitus, August 6, 1994. (Marker Number 68.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.088′ N, 117° 11.599′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gravedigger of Old Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Adobe Chapel of The Immaculate Conception
El Campo Santo (The Holy Field) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
2. El Campo Santo (The Holy Field) Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Whaley House (about 600 feet away); Old Ballast Point Lighthouse, San Diego (about 700 feet away); Lt. George H. Derby (about 700 feet away); Lloyd T. Lowrey Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Town San Diego (approx. 0.2 miles away); Adobe Construction (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
More about this marker. This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No.68) First registered December 6, 1932

There are numerous web sites available offering information on the ghosts of this cemetery site.
 
Also see . . .
1. USGW Archives: El Campo Santo Cemetery. (Submitted on September 22, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Find-A-Grave: El Campo Santo. (Submitted on September 22, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. San Diego Ghosts: El Campo Santo Ghost Stories. (Submitted on September 22, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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El Campo Santo (The Holy Field) Direction Sign on San Diego Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
3. El Campo Santo (The Holy Field) Direction Sign on San Diego Avenue
"Jesus" image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
4. "Jesus"
Died December 1879
25 Years
Excerpt from the Book of the Dead
"December 15, 1879, I have given ecclesiatical burial to Jesus Indian; 25 years, who died of a blow without receiving sacraments. They told me that he was completely drunk, and thus I command him to be buried near the gate of the cemetery" Signed Juan Pujol, Priest.
"Yankee Jim" image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
5. "Yankee Jim"
James W. Robinson, who was known as “Yankee Jim,” suffered the extreme penalty for stealing the only rowboat in San Diego Bay. The verdict of the jury was as follows: "Your jurors in the within case of James W. Robinson have the honor to return the verdict of guilty and do therefore sentence him, James Robinson, to be hanged by the neck until dead. Cave C. Couts, Foreman of the Jury” The poor fellow could not believe that he was to be hanged until the very last moment. He appeared to think it all a grim joke or, at the worst, a serious effort to impress him with enormity of his evil ways. He was still talking when the Deputy Sheriff gave the signal. Then the cart was driven from beneath him, and he was left dangling in the air. Surely, the punishment was far more wicked than the crime, yet the example must have proved effective in discouraging theft. Yankee Jim converted to the Roman Catholic Church prior to his death, thus his baptismal name of Santiago (Spanish for James). His Godfather was Philip Crosthwaite, the Deputy Sheriff who gave the signal for the execution.
Bill Marshall and Juan Verdugo image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2005
6. Bill Marshall and Juan Verdugo
December 13, 1851
HANGED
Bill Marshall was an American man married to the daughter of a local Indian Chieftain. He was a renegade sailor from Providence, Rhode Island, who deserted from a whaling ship at San Diego in 1844. He had taken up habitation with the Indians. He took an active part in the Garra Indian Uprising in 1851. Bill Marshall and the Indian, Juan Verduga, were caught and brought back to San Diego to be promptly tried by court martial. Marshall was found guilty and thus sentenced to hang, as was Juan Verdugo. The Indian acknowledged his guilt, but Marshall insisted he was innocent. At two o’clock in the afternoon, a scaffold was erected near the old Catholic Cemetery, (El Campo Santo), on the Thomas Whaley property. The men were put on a wagon and the ropes adjusted about their necks. The wagon moved on, leaving the two to dangle to death.
The Gravedigger of Old Town Marker and Grave Site image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
7. The Gravedigger of Old Town Marker and Grave Site
See The Gravedigger of Old Town marker for additional information.
 
 
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