Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, Portland

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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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  • Lone Fir isn't a Laurel Hill or a Green-Wood. No ostentatious monuments to capitalism and industry here. It's a very DIY place that really captures over a century of people coming from the ends of the...  more »
  • My friend was thinking of divorce, and so she showed up at my house unexpectedly and we went for a walk to discuss the problems she was experiencing, ending up here at this location. It was a good pla...  more »
  • Not the rich people cemetery. Asa Lovejoy's grave, so the earliest pioneers are here. There is a memorial to Civil War veterans. On the first Saturday, of the month, at 10am if a walk thru the cemeter...  more »
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  • For a cemetery, this place is really nice. I used to live close by and would often go on walks through here because it was so peaceful and well kept. It’s also really interesting to see the history here. They offer cemetery tours as well for those that are into that kind of thing.
  • Lots of different gravestones. Beautiful location.
  • Tour of untimely departures is such fun while learning the history of some of Portland's pioneers buried there. Beautiful and peaceful...except Halloween!
  • Gorgeous grounds, well maintained, great place for a stroll on a clear day.
  • Peaceful cemetery with a variety of markers and graves to gaze upon, surrounded by beautiful trees. Great for a contemplative walk.
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