Located North East of San Diego on a relatively flat plateau in the Cuyamaca Mountains lies the unincorporated city of Alpine California. It is believed Alpine was named for its environmental similarities to Switzerland. Alpine has a long and rich history for having been used as a residence by Native Americans, early Spanish settlers, and San Diego Pioneers.
Alpine has only recently gained mention in the local Paranormal community due to increased interest in the Alpine Cemetery at 2495 West Victoria Drive, Alpine, California 91901. According to Paranormal researcher
Several other notable Paranormal groups have, “picked up the torch,” such as ParaCSI and San Diego Paranormal Eye which continually use the location for training and education. Matthew Barron of San Diego Paranormal Eye believes, “There seems to be something to the paranormal claims at Alpine Cemetery my team and I never leave here disappointed. I would definitely classify the location as active, several S.D.P.E. members have witnessed dark masses, shadow figures, AVP’s, and have collected several compelling EVP’s.”
According to local Alpine historians, “Not much has been mentioned over the years regarding urban legends or ghost stories at the cemetery, “All seems pretty quiet at night there. There was mention by a psychic that a friendly ghost may be active at the Woman’s Club, and that a darker more sinister spirit walks up and down Alpine Avenue.
Besides ghosts, Alpine Cemetery has been the focus of, “Grave Robbers” Local Fox media reports, “The graves of seven veterans buried at the Alpine Cemetery were stolen, possibly for there value as scrap metal (Bronze).”
The names of the seven stolen grave markers are as follows:
James Stephens, died 1968
John Dirks, died 1980
Charles Skidmore, died 1970
Martha Arnold, died 1986
Hugh Chance, died 1994
William B. Clark, died 1982
Andrew Sexton, died 1969
Anyone with information about the stolen graves has been asked to contact the Alpine Cemetery at 619-445-4830. Paranormal enthusiasts may find themselves unable to investigate given the current state of concern. Matthew Barron says, “We make contact with the Sheriff’s Department dispatcher to let them log our arrival and departure times from the cemetery, we want local authorities to know we are out there and not causing any harm. ” Whether or not the cemetery is haunted is sure to be debated over time, one thing that seems certain is that paranormal enthusiasts will be continuing their nightly vigils in hopes of seeing first hand a real full bodied non vaporous apparition.