Stockton State Hospital Cemetery
Stockton, San Joaquin County, California
Cemetery: Stockton State Hospital
Other: Stockton Asylum Cemetery
Street: 2850 N. California Street
County: San Joaquin
Directions: from hwy99 take Waterloo Rd exit, go west to Harding Wy to California St., north on California St. to Alpine Market, which is the north boundary of the cemetery.
Features: wild grasses, some shrubs and a few trees around the the area.
Land Type: Private
Established: January 1875
Oldest: Spring 1875
Native Stone: No
Other Stone: No
Other Carvings: No
Condition: Cemetery destroyed
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: No
Police report: No
Contacted: Stockton Police Dept., City & County Planning Board, District Attorney's Office, Mayor of Stockton, Stockton City Attorney, all county & state representatives, including the governor of Calif., Stockton Record Newspaper.
This cemetery was sold to the American Legion in 1948. It was intended for a clubhouse & park. Agreement was made to install a gate (where a fence & road connecting to Rural Cemetery to the east is located). There was intentional false documentation submitted to obtain zoning & the County Planning Commission stopped the rebuilding, as, under law this is NOT an abandoned cemetery because it contains approximately 3,500+ graves news report in 1955). The site was sold off and the paperwork showing that the graves were removed was again submitted and the sale was approved. All buildings presently on the property (convalescent home & medical offices) were built using these falsified documents (unknowingly). Out of 5+ acres, only 1.3 acres is undeveloped. Approximately 3 acres is parking lot. This cemetery is part of a 15 acre parcel. It was stated that no burials were made on the other 10 acre parcel, but I have been told by others in the area, that bodies were found when Oak Park Hospital
Stockton City Atty, 425 N El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95202, (29)937-8333; Also at above address: Mayor Gary Podesto, Stockton City Council. San Joaquin Co. Board of Supervisors, 222 E. Weber Ave rm. 701, Stockton, CA 95202; also at this address: County Council, Dist. Attorney (Rm 202). San Joaquin County Recorder's office has been very helpful in obtaining records, maps, etc. for this site. They have a web page <http://www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/>. We have not, as of this date found the present owner of the property. Trying to get permission to erect a sign which will include a map from 1902 showing the exact location, name of the cemetery & contact information.
name: Margie Campbell
Date: April 5, 2002