City View Cemetery

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City View Cemetery
Entrance to City View Cemetery Salem Oregon 2012.JPG
Entrance to the cemetery
Established 1893
Location 390 Hoyt Street South, Salem, Oregon 97302
Country United States
Coordinates 44°55′09″N 123°03′10″W / 44.9192°N 123.0527°W / 44.9192; -123.0527Coordinates: 44°55′09″N 123°03′10″W / 44.9192°N 123.0527°W / 44.9192; -123.0527
Owned by Richard Hilts
Website official site

City View Cemetery is a privately owned cemetery in Salem, Oregon, United States that was established in 1893. Its Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum, opened in 1914, contains the remains of seven governors of Oregon.


The cemetery was established in 1893 just west of the existing Salem Pioneer Cemetery on land purchased by Jason Porter Frizzell, who had settled in Salem after traveling with his parents on the Oregon Trail.[1][2] In 1950, the cemetery was purchased by Herman M. and Leta Johnston, and in 1970, by William and Fern Hilts.[2] The cemetery is currently owned by Richard Hilts, son of William and Fern and nephew of Leta Johnston.[2][3]


Crypt of Oregon Governor James Withycombe in the cemetery's Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum

The cemetery contains the hilltop Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum, which opened in 1914.[2] It was built in the Classical Greek/Roman style by the architectural firm of Lawrence & Holford, and was also likely designed by noted Oregon architect Ellis F. Lawrence.[4] An addition to the mausoleum was completed in 1929 by the same firm.[4] The cemetery also has two outdoor mausoleums, and two crematories. Special areas recognize veterans of wars fought by Americans since the American Civil War and on Memorial Day, the Oregon Air National Guard conducts a flyover of the cemetery to honor those interred at City View. A funeral home was completed in 1999.[3]

Notable burials[edit]

A number of notable Oregonians, in particular, eight of the 36 people to have served as the state's governor, are buried in City View Cemetery, most in Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum.[5][6]


  1. ^ Gaston, Joseph (1912). The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811–1912 3. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 1079. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sources". Salem Pioneer Cemetery. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "City View Funeral Home and Cemetery". City View Cemetery. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum and addition". University of Oregon Libraries. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Famous Burials: City View Cemetery". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Famous Burials: Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 5, 2011.