This is quiz #1 about San Diego County Cemeteries and Graveyards!
This San Diego Cemetery trivia quiz is about, you guessed it, cemeteries in San Diego! It is based on facts about the history of cemeteries and interesting or noteworthy grave sites in San Diego County. I’ve enjoyed the online research and cemetery visits to create the quiz-all photos are mine! A few sites here have known paranormal hot spots. I am purposefully not including any questions about those locations in the quizzes.
My goal for the quizzes is to be a fun way to share what I’ve learned with fellow Taphophiles, and to “test” your knowledge about cemetery history in San Diego County. The section below this paragraph has links to websites with relevant information that I used to create the questions-feel free to explore the links!
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Question 1: Which San Diego County park is “Eichar’s grave” in?
A. San Dieguito
B. Old Town San Diego Heritage
C. Los Penasquitos Canyon
D. William Heise
Question 2: What is the 52 Boats Memorial at Liberty Station?
A. A tribute to U.S. Navy River patrol boats used in the shallow waters of Vietnam
B. A tribute to U.S. Navy Submarines lost in World War II
C. It is a tribute to 52 civilian sailboats lost at sea
D. A memorial to 52 radio-controlled boats that the San Diego Yacht Club has lost over the years
Question 3: How is the main gate to the graveyard at Mission San Luis Rey connected to Disneyland?
A. It was the background for the filming of the Disney show Zorro in the late 1950s
B. It was the inspiration for the Pirates of the Carribean ride
C. Walt Disney created the original skull and crossbones design you see over the gate
D. Disney Imagineers set up the skull and crossbones design. They tested it for use in the Haunted House at Disney
Question 4: Why are headstones on display at the Southeast corner of Mission Hills Community Park (Pioneer Park) in Mission Hills?
A. What is now a city park was Calvary Cemetery in the late 1800s, early 1900s. There are an estimated 5000 burials remaining underground.
B. Funding to maintain the property quickly depleted after burials stopped. Gradually vandalism pressured the San Diego City Council to vote to convert the land to a city park without moving the burials.
C. They were part of a haunted house on the site in the 1930s. Organizers made full-size headstones that are too heavy to move off the property.
D. The Convair corporation had a large aircraft manufacturing plant a few miles from Pioneer Park. With many workers living close by in Mission Hills, Convair started a small cemetery in the Southeast corner of the park. The San Diego City Council voted to close the cemetery after hearing complaints from Mission Hills residents not affiliated with Convair. The company agreed to move the burials in the 1930’s. The headstones are too heavy to move.
E. A and B
Question 5: There is a cenotaph in Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station, honoring U.S. Navy Machinist Mate Osmond Ingram. He died in World War II, attempting to defend his ship, the U.S.S. Cassin from a torpedo fired by a German submarine. “Cenotaph” indicates:
A. His remains are buried under the marker
B. His remains are buried in an undisclosed location within the plaza
C. His body was lost at sea after the torpedo triggered an explosion on his ship.
D. His remains are buried in his hometown in Oneonta, Alabama
Question 6: What is the name of this cemetery in Oceanside, created a short walk from the Mission San Luis Rey, for “non-Catholics”?
A. Oceanside Pioneer Cemetery
B. Oceanside Protestant Cemetery
C. San Luis Rey Pioneer Cemetery
D. Vista Protestant Cemetery
Question 7: This is the grave of Anton Knechtel. What community in the City of San Diego is it located in?
A. San Ysidro
C. Carmel Valley
D. Rancho Bernardo
Question 8: What is the purpose of this monument-the “Indian Memorial”-at Mission San Luis Rey graveyard?
A. The Kumeyaay Nation memorial was originally placed near Old Town San Diego. It was relocated to the Mission graveyard in the 1950s.
B. Native Americans were used as laborers to build the mission. Their graves were usually not marked.
C. The monument was erected in 1830 in recognition of the many unmarked Native American graves in the graveyard
D. B and C
Question 9: Where is this memorial marker located that honors the 1st United States Dragoons soldiers that died in the battle at San Pasqual in 1846?
A. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
B. Miramar National Cemetery
C. Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido
D. El Campo Santo cemetery in Old Town
Question 10: Does San Diego County have a “green” cemetery?
A. The El Campo Santo cemetery in Old Town is considered “green”-some burials pre-date modern embalming techniques
B. The cemetery at Mission San Luis Rey has a newer section for cremated remains in biodegradable urns
C. No. Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery has a green burial section, qualifying it as a hybrid cemetery
D. Any cemetery that allows burial of cremated remains underground can be considered green.