Rancho Santa Fe Rd. & Meadowlark Ranch Rd.

33.110310, -117.225378

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Just like Pioneer Park in Mission Hills, all is not what it appears to be at this busy intersection.  If you look closely, you will notice a modest memorial for a group of Spanish-colonial pioneers from Ventura & Ojai, CA.  There are 7 people buried here total.  Nearby are two white, wooden crosses within a 20X20' enclosure. This area is respectfully closed to the public.

The inhabitants of this cemetery are tied into some fascinating stories with the early history of San Diego.  One of the couples lived on a 160-acre homestead near Questhaven Rd

Others were Native Americans, one was killed by a relative of Colonel Cave Clouts,  another was the descendant of the missionary scout who discovered the mouth of the San Francisco Bay.

Taking care of the small cemetery has been an undertaking for the remaining family members for decades now, including fighting the city to help preserve it.

As more houses were built in the area, a need for wider roads became necessary.  The city tried to negotiate moving the graves to a more formal cemetery.

The Tico family were not having it and demanding their family member's  to remain, as well as receive nice memorial.  The City of San Marcos eventually widened the street and put a memorial on the side of the road and in the median commemorating those who are buried beneath.

View list of those interred Here

Personal Experience:  This is an extremely small adventure, but one packed in with an interesting history.  If you are a history buff and into old or forgotten cemeteries, add this to your list when in the area!

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  • Jonathon M Golden
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    I wait at that left turn lane several times a month and never noticed this before. Hidden in plain sight!

    April 16, 2017

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Meadowlark Ranch Rd & S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078, USA

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