Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail
San Diego, CA 92129
Where to park: 32.938551, -117.128913 Grave: 32.936818, -117.137321
Hike: .5 miles Level: Easy
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Birth: Aug. 7, 1827 Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1882, San Diego County
John J. Eichar was believed to be a cook for the occupants of the Los Penasquitos ranch house in the late 1800’s. He came from Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania. His grave seems to be the only one in the preserve. It tells about his life fairly well and includes good information on his ancestors. His wife, Harriet S. and their remaining two children, John R. Eichar and Harriet E. Eichar moved back to Colorado after John J. ‘s death and the death of another son, Charles, shortly after, also in Rancho Penaquistos.
Harriet S. and her son, John R. are buried in Colorado. The whereabouts of the daughter, Harriet E. is not known after she married Farley Howard in 1887. Howard married another woman in 1895 so he may have divorced Harriet or that Harriet died. The memorial sign is inaccurate in its statement that John Joseph Eichar was married to a Mary Bonewitz. Another John Eichar married her and both were alive in Indiana a long time after John Joseph died.
Personal Experience: There is a lot to do and see in this canyon, such as a pretty popular waterfall. Most of the hike is shaded and green year-long. This is not the true grave site of Eichar but instead a memorial. His true grave site is left unmarked.