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Auburn Pioneer entry way

Auburn Pioneer Cemetery: A tiny cemetery with many stories

 Share   “One of these days, I’m going to check that place out.”      Everyone has an Auburn Pioneer Cemetery in their life. It’s that one place we see every day that piques our interest as we drive to and from work. Sometimes the traffic or red light gives us a chance to look more closely […]

A Tree of Life carving

Lakeview Cemetery Part II: Elegant memorials to an eccentric past

 Share   Part II: The travels of Nora Johns Hill          In The Pioneers of Lakeview, Robert Ferguson details one such cemetery relocation story, proving that just because you’re dead and buried, doesn’t mean you won’t be moving.               Nora Johns Hill may have been the first recorded death of a white American in Seattle, […]

The Denny family plot

Lakeview Cemetery Part I: Elegant memorials to an eccentric past

Share        The treats        Scattered throughout the immaculate grounds of Lakeview Cemetery, classic Victorian sculptures pay homage to Seattle’s pioneer fortitude and frontier savvy. Most of Seattle’s founding families (Denny, Renton, Mercer, Boren, Yesler, and others) are buried in the western hill section, offering a ‘one-stop shopping’ approach for local history buffs.             The stylish […]

The infant & children's section

Crown Hill Cemetery, Part II

Share             Disease, fire, and unsolved mysteries…            (this is a continuation from Crown Hill Cemetery Part I)            Crown Hill denotes more than a risky sawmill legacy.          The community’s early years were also difficult times for infants and children. The cemetery has at least two sections filled with closely placed rows of markers that poignantly testify to childhood […]

Crown Hill Cemetery, Seattle WA

Crown Hill Cemetery: Part I

Share A sawmill heritage       It takes a little bit of effort to find Crown Hill Cemetery near Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Surrounded by hedgerows and with a sign half-swallowed by rhododendrons, the low profile is so effective, some local residents don’t even realize it’s there. And that’s how the old Scandinavians probably would have liked it.          […]