Mount Hope Cemetery (San Diego)

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Mount Hope Cemetery is a municipal cemetery located at 3751 Market Street, San Diego, California, and gives its name to the neighborhood of Mount Hope. The cemetery is adjacent to Greenwood Memorial Park.


Founded in 1869, on what was then the outskirts of New Town, Mount Hope now covers approximately 115 acres (0.47 km2). The design of the cemetery is an example of a Rural cemetery, with architecture, art, and landscaping.[1] The city of San Diego manages and maintains the entire cemetery, providing perpetual care to all burial sites. The rolling hills and grounds of Mount Hope Cemetery contain historically significant monuments to some of San Diego's most notable citizens, founding fathers, pioneers, and others.

Notable interments[edit]

  • E. S. Babcock (1848–1922), real estate mogul, built the Hotel del Coronado
  • Samuel Brannan (1819–1889), early Mormon pioneer, first millionaire of the California Gold Rush, member of San Francisco's first city council
  • Hick Carpenter (1855–1937), American baseball player
  • Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), author of crime stories and novels, created detective Philip Marlowe
  • Benjamin T. Frederick (1834–1903), politician, miner and real estate agent from Iowa and California
  • Charles T. Hinde (1832–1915), industrialist, riverboat captain, businessman, and original investor of the Hotel del Coronado.
  • Alonzo Horton (1813–1909), founder of modern San Diego, namesake of Horton Plaza
  • Alta M. Hulett (1854–1877), one of America's first female attorneys
  • John F. Kinney (1816–1902), American attorney, judge and politician
  • George Marston (1850–1946), involved with establishing Balboa Park, the San Diego Public Library System, and the Serra Museum
  • Kate Morgan (1865–1892), Iowa woman who died under questionable circumstances and is thought by some to haunt the Hotel del Coronado
  • Kate Sessions (1857–1940), San Diego's pioneering horticulturist
  • Matthew Sherman (1827–1898), land developer, San Diego pioneer, mayor from 1891 to 1893
  • Walter R. Taliaferro (1880–1915), aviator
  • Thomas Whaley (1823–1890), early settler
  • Robert Waterman (1826–1891), Governor of California from 1887 to 1891
  • Thomas Waterson (1895–1947), member of Memphis Police Dept. who captured public enemy Machine Gun Kelly in Memphis, Tennessee, raid in 1933

There is one British Commonwealth war grave, of a Royal Air Force officer of World War I.[2]


  1. ^ Mallios, Seth and Caterino, David M. Cemeteries of San Diego. Arcadia Publishing. 2007.
  2. ^ "Casualty record, Robert Le Roy Jacks". Commonwealth War Graves Commission date accessed = 22 December 2016.

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Coordinates: 32°42′36″N 117°06′46″W / 32.71000°N 117.11278°W / 32.71000; -117.11278