Historical Landmark No. 65
Whaley House Museum
2476 San Diego Ave.
(at Harney St.)
Old Town, San Diego
El Campo Santo
2nd oldest S.D. cemetery
2410 San Diego Ave.
Old Town, San Diego
"Few houses in San Diego are as historically important as the Whaley House. In addition to being the Whaley Family home, it housed a granary, the County Courthouse, San Diego's first commercial theater, various businesses including Thomas Whaley's own general store, a ballroom, a billiard hall, school, and polling place.... According to the Travel Channel's America's Most Haunted, the house is the number one most haunted house in the United States."
—from Ghostly Legends of the Whaley House, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO)
"NO. 65 THE WHALEY HOUSE - This house, in which the San Diego County Court met for about 20 years, was the first brick building to be erected in San Diego County. The bricks were made at Thomas Whaley's own kiln in Old Town in 1856, and the walls were finished with plaster made from ground seashells. Five generations of the Whaley family have occupied the old home."
—from California Historical Landmarks, Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks
More info: Weird California: Whaley House
EL CAMPO SANTO: "Years later, in 1993, almost thirty-five graves were discovered underneath when special ground-penetrating radar was used along San Diego Avenue and the sidewalk in front of the cemetery. In 1994, a memorial plaque was placed at the entrance to the cemetery to remember 'the more than 20 men, women and children who lay buried beneath San Diego Ave.' At the bottom of the plaque is a diagram showing the approximate locations of the graves, and a second plaque at the back of the cemetery shows the locations of thirteen graves—mostly of children—buried underneath Linwood Street. Additionally, people walking past the cemetery on the sidewalk may come across simple circular metal markers embedded in the concrete reading, simply, 'grave site.'"
—"Bodies Beneath the Boulevard" by James A. Willis, in Weird Encounters, comp. Joanne M. Austin, illus. Ryan Doan (New York: Sterling Publishing, 2010).
county park sign
Photos copyright © March 2008, July 2009 Kat Avila
Time of Day: afternoon
Cameras: HP Photosmart M415 (2008), Canon SD1000 (2009)