Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery

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Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery
Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery entrance sign right - Oregon.JPG
Entrance to the cemetery
Year established 1860
Location Hillsboro, Oregon
Country United States
Coordinates 45°31′14″N 123°00′22″W / 45.52056°N 123.00611°W / 45.52056; -123.00611Coordinates: 45°31′14″N 123°00′22″W / 45.52056°N 123.00611°W / 45.52056; -123.00611
Type Public
Owned by City of Hillsboro
Size 8.42 acres (3.41 ha)

The Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery is in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. Located at the west end of the town along the Tualatin Valley Highway and adjacent to Dairy Creek. The 8.42-acre (3.41 ha) cemetery comprises three formerly private cemeteries. In 1973, the city of Hillsboro gained title to what is the oldest cemetery in Washington County.[1]


The cemetery is situated on what was previously part of the David Hill land claim he recorded on July 4, 1847.[2] Hill died in 1850, and in 1860 the Masonic Order and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) established a cemetery on the current site.[3] The IOOF portion of the cemetery was to the east of the Mason’s part.[4] Around 1915 another section owned by IOOF was added west of the Mason’s section.[4] Then on August 7, 1973, the city of Hillsboro received the deeds to the cemeteries and took over maintenance and operations.[4]

In 1995, vandals damaged 155 grave sites, causing over $75,000 in damage.[5] The city made improvements in 2012 with the addition of an arched, wrought-iron entry and information kiosk.[3] Paid for in part by a state grant, the project cost $13,000 to complete.[3] In 2014, the city completed a master plan to make $1.7 million in improvements, including sidewalks, parking, and fencing.[6]


Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery is an irreducible fund cemetery organized under Oregon Revised Statutes 65.860 where all funds received go into a fund that is not reduced and only interest is used for maintenance.[7][8] Hillsboro’s city recorder manages all records of the facility.[9] The Hillsboro Historical Society holds an annual event at the cemetery that includes re-enactments by actors demonstrating the lives of some of those buried at the cemetery.[10]

Notable burials[edit]

Tongue family obelisk at the cemetery.


  1. ^ a b Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery Inscriptions. Cemeteries. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Byrd, Dean H., Stanley R. Clarke, and Janice M. Healy. 2001. Oregon Burial Site Guide. Portland, Or: Binford & Mort Pub.
  3. ^ a b c Parks, Casey (May 31, 2012). "Hillsboro unveils new entryway, kiosk at pioneer cemetery". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Historic names mark old gravestones. Hillsboro Argus, October 19, 1976.
  5. ^ Danks, Holly (August 17, 1995). "Vandals wreck Hillsboro graves". The Oregonian. 
  6. ^ Hammill, Luke (June 4, 2014). "Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery the subject of $1.7 million plan for improvements". The Oregonian. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Irreducible Fund Cemeteries. Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.
  8. ^ List of IR Cemeteries. Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.
  9. ^ City Recorder. City of Hillsboro. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.
  10. ^ Homepage. Hillsboro Historical Society. Retrieved on June 19, 2007.
  11. ^ Hillsboro Pioneer Cemetery Inscriptions, S - T. Cemeteries. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.

External links[edit]

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