I’m one of those weird people who love photographing cemeteries.
And I found a cool one in Portland.
Lone Fir Cemetery
I saw the cemetery when I was using Google Maps for biking directions. I was surprised to see a cemetery of this size right in the middle of the city (Southeast 26th Avenue and Stark) and figured it probably had some interesting architectural influences and historical significance.
I was right.
It was obvious from the grandness of some of the structures and intricacy of the designs that some prominent Portlanders are buried here. I would love to take a walking tour with a Portland historian to learn more. I bet there is some juicy gossip similar to some of the stories told about the residents of the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.
And some “regular folks” too.
Whose grave is marked by a small crumbling tombstone protected by four trees stretching to the clouds?
The trees create a ceiling, making the space seem more intimate and peaceful, protected from the rest of the city. Even if you aren’t a cemetery photography weirdo, this is still a pleasant and interesting place to visit.
Read more about the Lone Fir Cemetery’s history here.