Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

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Dickinson House

The Dickinson House has unfortunately been demolished

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Personal Experience: Thanks to one of our readers, we were able to close in a little on the background of this magnificent property.   The building was constructed in 1924 by an unknown architect and/or builder.  SOHO believes this was once part of an elaborate garden, but I believe that it was also part of the homestead as there are multiple stone fireplaces. As you can see, this spot is clean from graffiti and we really would love it to stay that way so it will be part of our members section.

Many others have come forward and said it was once a crematorium. This could be possible considering it is right next to one of the oldest hospitals around.


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  • Anonymous
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    Vintage San Diego is discussing this building site right now! Some believe this was a crematorium for unclaimed dead bodies of poor people during an epidemic in San Diego.

    May 6, 2019

  • Anonymous
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    Where is this ?

    October 18, 2019

  • Annie
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    It would be great to know where this is too….!

    January 18, 2020

  • Mac
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    I first discovered this spot rather recently when poking around the construction site that now fills the entirety of Bachman pl canyon. They had just cleared the vegetation and had only begun excavating the opposite side of the canyon. On returning in June of 2022, I found the entire canyon to have been dug out to make way for foundation work. I never found what the sites original purpose was, but it certainly made a beautiful hidden garden during its last years. It’s incredibly disappointing to see UCSD pay so little respect to the city’s fading history. I hope they at least documented it first.

    July 9, 2022

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