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Stockton State Hospital Cemetery
Stockton, San Joaquin County, California

 

 

Cemetery: Stockton State Hospital Cemetery
Other: Stockton Asylum Cemetery
Sign: No
Street: 2850 N. California Street
City: Stockton
Township:
County: San Joaquin
State: CA
Nation: USA
Zip: 95204
Status: Abandoned
Size: Large
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. 
Type: Road-public
Location: Urban-developed
Terrain: Level
Watersource: No
Features: wild grasses, some shrubs and a few trees around the the area.
Land Type: Private
Access: Open
Enclosure: Fence-Broken
Gate: None
Established: January 1875
Gravestones: None
Oldest: Spring 1875
Newest: 1919
Removed: Yes
Relocated: Yes
Repairs: No
Methods:
Restoration: No
Association: No
Records: Unsure
Inventory: No
Records location:
Landscaping: No
Paths: No
Trees: No
Crypts: No
Fencing: No
Walkways: No
Brickwork: No
Ironwork: No
Sculpture: No
Fountains: No
Roads: No
Buildings: No
Cement: No
Granite: No
Marble: No
Native Stone: No
Slate: No
Other Stone: No
Wood: Yes
Materials: No
Architectural: No
Angels: No
Draperies: No
Fraternal: No
Hands: No
Lambs: No
Monograms: No
Plants: No
Photos: No
Religious: No
Scrollwork: No
Urns: No
Other Carvings: No
Condition: Cemetery destroyed
Unmarked: No
Broken: No
Toppled: No
Disintegrating: No
Buried: Unsure
Weather problems: Unknown
Pollution problems: No
Vandalized: Yes
Police report: No
Overgrowth: None
Drainage: Good
Problem: Encroachment
Problem: Apathy
Owner: Unknown
Use: Parking
Bordering: Commercial
Change: Smaller
Reason: Commercial
Visited: Rarely
Archeology: Unknown
Habitat: Unknown
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.

Surnames

 

Other Information

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

Support

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.

 

Submitted by:

name: Margie Campbell
Email: margecam@pacbell.net
Date: April 5, 2002

 

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