After church we went to explore a pioneer cemetery I’d heard about. It’s up the hill by the Columbia Gorge Community College. I LOVE OLD CEMETERIES. I was excited to learn of this pioneer cemetery. It was the perfect place for a wander this afternoon. It was peaceful and restful and the old stones told stories I wish I knew.The Purple Vetch and White Yarrow and Lupine were beautiful.I always feel sad when people are forgotten. I hope the stories of these good people are recorded somewhere.
Here is a record of the people buried here in this cemetery:
If any of you friends in The Dalles is looking for an excellent project, or an Eagle Scout project (while you still can), the stones in this pioneer cemetery have not been photographed or uploaded to Find A Grave. When I went to make sure they were there, I was astounded no one has done it yet. I uploaded some from these photos, but I wasn’t taking photos with FAG in mind, or I would have be more careful to carefully capture the words on each. And I only photographed some of them. THIS WOULD BE SUCH A FUN PROJECT!! I hope someone will go do it. You might want to check with the Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society and work with them. Here’s a link to this cemetery in Find A Grave:
Here is the view from this lovely spot.There is one remaining Jewish grave outside the cemetery, up above by the entrance to the college:Many of the wooden headstones were burned in a fire in 1911. Gratefully, a local historian documented the grave markers in 1929. This is a beautiful sacred spot. I wish I could get to know everyone resting here.