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Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, Portland

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Lone Fir Cemetery in the southeast section of Portland, Oregon, United States is a cemetery owned and maintained by Metro, a regional government entity. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first burial was in 1846 with the cemetery established in 1855. Lone Fir has over 25,000 burials spread over more than 30acre.HistoryThe original land owner, James B. Stephens, purchased a land claim extending from the east bank of the Willamette River to present day Southeast 23rd and from Stark Street to Division Street. J. B. Stephens' father Emmor Stephens died shortly after the Stephens family arrived to Oregon in 1846 and was buried on the family farm. In 1854, Stephens sold the land to Colburn Barrell, with the caveat that he maintain Emmor's gravesite. Barrell owned a steamboat the Gazelle, which in 1854 exploded near Oregon City, killing a passenger and Barrell's business partner Crawford Dobbins. Barrel then set up a cemetery by setting aside 10acre and burying the casualties of the explosion at the site of Emmor Stephens, calling it Mt. Crawford. Plots at the cemetery were then sold for $10 with 20acre additional being added to Lone Fir by 1866. That year Barrel offered to sell the cemetery to the city of Portland for $4,000, but the city declined and instead Barrell sold it to a group of a group of Portland families and plotholders. The cemetery was then renamed the cemetery to Lone Fir, which was suggested by Colburn Barrell's wife, Aurelia, as there was only a single fir tree at the site.
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  • We live in Portland and view this cemetery as a regional treasure. The Friends of Lone Fir offer 3 different fascinating tours. One is historic, one is of the North area, one is of the South area...  more »
  • This old cemetery sits in the midst of a residential neighborhood on the east side of Portland. It contains hundreds of graves and crypts of long-ago residents and civic leaders. It also is a...  more »
  • If you pay attention to the dates you'll notice how many infants, kids and young people died back in the old days. Tons of graves 1880s-1910 of the young. You can always look at the statistics but it really becomes evident here. Would be a great tool for those who don't appreciate modern medicine. Ton of stones around the perimeter that are barely legible anymore and some partially buried, and I'm sure some that are unmarked or lost. There's even a few almost completely engulfed in a tree. Also the trees here are great.
  • Gorgeous cemetery! Some really nice tombstones and the occasional schizophrenic homeless man doing laps around the graveyard. Plus good places to eat on the adjacent streets!

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