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El Campo Santo cemetery

  • San Diego Ave. S Map It
  • Old Town
  • Cemetery

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Now a peaceful stop for visitors to Old Town, the old adobe-wall cemetery established in 1849 was, until 1880, the burial place for many members of Old Town's founding families—as well as for some gamblers and bandits who passed through town. Antonio Garra, a chief who led an uprising of the San Luis Rey Indians, was executed at El Campo Santo in front of the open grave he had been forced to dig for himself. Most of the markers give only approximations of where the people named on them are buried; some of the early settlers laid to rest at El Campo Santo actually reside under San Diego Avenue.

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San Diego Ave. S, between Arista and Ampudia Sts., San Diego, California, 92110, USA

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Published 07/06/2016


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