San Francisco Real Estate Podcast: Halloween Episode - Houses Built on Old Cemeteries
Scary story of a family finding a body of a 3 year old girl under their home while doing construction on their house.
On this Episode of the San Francisco Real Estate Podcast, I tell a story of a San Francisco family doing construction on their house only to find a body of a 3 year old girl. The house sat upon a old cemetery from the 1800's. Listen to find out on this podcast episode.
Take a look at the map above of 4 old cemeteries from the 1800's in San Francisco. For more information on this story check out the original LA Times Article here. For more maps and information on old cemeteries in the City of San Francisco, check out this website.
Excerpt from the Podcast:
Welcome to the San Francisco Real Estate Podcast, with your host Matt Morgus. It’s around 4:52p.m. on this beautiful Monday in October, October 17th, 2017 to be exact. Thank you for listening, I really appreciate it. I'm sitting here in San Francisco looking out at the Bay. Karl the Fog just rolled in, and I can no longer see the Golden Gate Bridge, but that's okay. The fires are going out up north in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, so we're happy about that. If you have a friend who is interested, or family member who is interested in potentially buying or selling real estate in San Francisco, please feel free to pass this podcast along to them. You can search for this podcast on iTunes just by searching San Francisco Real Estate Podcast, or you can just check out my website which is www.NorthernSF.com as in Northern San Francisco. As you know, the last few weeks and the last few episodes, I've been telling scary stories for the Halloween season. This is my favorite time of year, basketball season starts tonight. Go Golden State Warriors, I’m a fan of the LA Clippers, so go LA Clippers. I’m not a big football, not a big baseball fan, but basketball I get pretty excited about. Halloween, I get pretty excited about. Real Estate, I get really excited about.
When I show property sometimes there's always that room in a house and every buyer, all the time makes a joke, “this is where the bodies are buried”. This is a story of actually where a body was buried, underneath someone's house here in the city of San Francisco. Let's jump right into it. This is a crazy story. I got goosebumps when I was reading about it in the paper. I'm going to read the paper here and then tell you some more information about what happened.
It goes something like this... They found her buried under a garage earlier this year, her small body perfectly preserved in an airless metal casket.
I’m creeped out already...
She is believed to have died around 1870 when Pinewood coffins sold for $2. Her elaborate glass and cast-iron vessel would have cost 10 times that much. Wow. Neither the girl’s name nor the details of how she passed away could be found. The records just weren’t there. The coffin was Unearthed when construction workers broke through the concrete floor of a home under renovation in San Francisco's Richmond District. So think about if you live in the Richmond District... The Grim discovery riveted the City, sparking an outpouring of grief and an intense effort to identify her. How is it possible people thought, that a 3 year old who was so loving, could be so thoroughly forgotten. Well that's a really good question. So they dug into it a little bit... and how does a 3 year old’s body to end up under a house?
The city of San Francisco voted to stop burials within the city limits around the year 1900. There were at least 30 cemeteries in use or abandon with bodies around San Francisco. Today we only have 2 left in the city land of San Francisco; Mission Dolores Church, in The Mission and the other is the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio. Most of the deceased residence previously buried in San Francisco moved to cemeteries down south, in the city called Colma and sometimes between the early 1900s and the 1940s.