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Two cemeteries win historic preservation grants

A marker for George Warren at Astoria's Pioneer Cemetery on Niagara Avenue.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Two Clatsop County cemeteries received grants to help support their preservation projects.

The grants went to the Astoria Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1865 and occasionally called Hillside Cemetery, and Greenwood Cemetery, also known as Crestwood.

Ten other historic cemeteries in the state received a portion of the $50,000 in grants.

Pioneer received $4,748, which will go toward monument repair and cleaning training for students at Clatsop Community College, who will put their skills to work at the cemetery. Pioneer is on Niagara Avenue near the college. It was dedicated in 1865 and has at least 500 graves.

The grant for Greenwood, $5,949, will be used to level and repair monuments. The 30-acre private cemetery is on Highway 202 and was established in 1891.

Other projects funded: Waldo Cemetery in Josephine County, Zion Memorial in Canby, Fir Grove in Cottage Grove, Hubbard and Butteville cemeteries in Marion County, the IOOF cemeteries in Lane County and Gold Hill, the Masonic cemetery in McMinnville, Fairview Cemetery in Scappoose, and the Woodbine and Knights of Pythias cemeteries in Columbia County.

Historic cemeteries are documented by Oregon Historic Preservation Office and must include the burial of at least one person who died before Feb. 14, 1909.

The historic cemetery grant program is offered annually as part of the Oregon Heritage Program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The entrance to Greenwood Cemetery on Highway 202. (Greenwood Cemetery's Facebook page)

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