Ride the San Diego Trolley’s Orange Line through Mt. Hope Cemetery and you might observe something strange. A group of collected headstones is set in concrete just south of the tracks.
This very unusual memorial is the site of a mass grave–a “grave” filled with discarded gravestones!
Back in the 1980s when the trolley line was new, passengers noticed that many tombstones had been dumped in a ravine at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Earlier, in the 1970s, the City of San Diego had removed about 800 tombstones from old Calvary Cemetery in Mission Hills and callously thrown them into this ravine. Unbelievable, right?
Today the peculiar memorial you see in the above photograph recalls an infamous moment in our city’s history.
You can learn more about how old Calvary Cemetery was converted into today’s Pioneer Park in Mission Hills by clicking here.