River View Cemetery (Portland, Oregon)
Memorial to veterans of the Spanish American War
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River View Cemetery, located in the southwest section of Portland, Oregon in the United States, is a non-profit cemetery founded in 1882. It is the final resting place of many prominent and notable citizens of Oregon, including many governors and U.S. Senators. Other notable burials include; Henry Weinhard's family, Lyle Alzado a football player, and Carl Mays a baseball player. Carl Mays is known for being the baseball player who killed an opposing player with a pitch in a Major League game, and famous western lawman Virgil Earp.
River View Cemetery was founded as a non-profit cemetery by William S. Ladd, James Terwilliger, Henry Failing, Henry Corbett, Henry Pittock, Simon Benson, and others in 1882. All those who joined co-owned the cemetery. In 1902 a Roll Call statue was added to honor the 165 Oregonians that died in the Spanish-American War. The first adult burial was Dr. William Henry Watkins. In the 1940s a 135 person chapel was added, designed by Pietro Belluschi.
Overlooking the Willamette River, the cemetery has a variety of mausoleums including the Hilltop Garden Mausoleum and Main Mausoleum. There are also private mausoleums and crypts. River View is an endowment care cemetery as defined by the state of Oregon.
Property and surplus land
River View Cemetery occupies approximately 350 acres (140 ha) on the west slope of the Willamette River, south of Downtown Portland, but approximately half of the property is not a developed cemetery. Initially, this excess land was held for future expansion of the cemetery, but demographic trends away from burial (in favor of cremation) have reduced the need for future expansion. For example, in 1973 eight percent of Oregonians chose cremation, versus 68 percent in 2010.
In 2006, the River View Cemetery Association sought to develop 184 acres (74 ha) of their surplus land into residential properties, and filed a $24 million compensation claim under Oregon Ballot Measures 37 (2004) and 49 (2007). In 2007, the River View Cemetery Association submitted an application to change the zoning of the surplus land from open space to single-family residential for 182 housing units. On May 2, 2011, the City of Portland announced that it had agreed to purchase 146 acres (59 ha) of this undeveloped surplus land for $11.25 million, which will be managed by Portland Parks & Recreation with the initial goals of habitat stabilization, removal of invasive species, and trail and access planning.
- George Abernethy, (1807–1877) Governor of the Provisional Government of Oregon
- George Forrest Alexander, (1882–1948) federal judge
- Lyle Alzado, (1949–1992) professional football player
- George H. Atkinson, (1819–1889) missionary and "Father of Oregon Schools"
- Lola Baldwin, (1860–1957) first female police officer in the United States
- Robert S. Bean, (1854–1931) federal judge, Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice
- Simon Benson, (1852–1942) Portland businessman and philanthropist
- Ben Boloff, (1893–1932) Russian born communist arrested, tried and convicted of criminal syndicalism
- Donald Cook, (1901–1961) movie and stage actor
- Henry Winslow Corbett, (1827–1903) United States Senator
- Maurice E. Crumpacker, (1886–1927) United States Congressman
- Joseph N. Dolph, (1835–1897) United States Senator
- Abigail Scott Duniway, (1834–1915) women’s rights pioneer
- Virgil Earp, (1843–1905) lawman and brother of Wyatt Earp
- Joseph Horace Eaton, (1815–1896) artist and Civil War general
- Henry Failing, (1834–1898) mayor of Portland
- Robert S. Farrell, Jr., (c.1906–1947) Oregon Secretary of State
- A. C. Gibbs, (1825–1886) Oregon Governor
- Alan Punch Green, Jr., (1925–2001) United States Ambassador to Romania
- La Fayette Grover, (1823–1911) Oregon Governor
- John Hicklin Hall, (1854–1937) United States Attorney, Oregon legislator
- Rufus C. Holman, (1877–1959) United States Senator
- Nan Wood Honeyman, (1881–1970) United States Congresswoman
- James Jackson, (1833–1916) Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
- Jacob Kamm, (1823–1912), shipping magnate, founder of Oregon Steam Navigation Company
- Albertina Kerr, orphanage founder
- William S. Ladd, (1826–1893) mayor of Portland
- Roswell Lamson, (1838–1903) Civil War navy hero
- Charles Henry Martin, (1863–1946) Oregon Governor
- Wallace McCamant, (1867–1944) United States Court of Appeals judge
- Dorothy McCullough Lee, (1902–1981) first female mayor of Portland
- Hazel Ying Lee, (1912–1944) Chinese American pilot during World War II
- John H. Mitchell, (1835–1905) United States Senator
- Frederick W. Mulkey, (1874–1924) United States Senator
- Paul L. Patterson, (1900–1956) Oregon Governor
- Sylvester Pennoyer, (1831–1902) Oregon Governor
- James Tilton Pickett, (1857–1889) newspaper writer, son of George Pickett
- Henry Pittock, (1836–1919) publisher of The Oregonian newspaper
- Harvey W. Scott, (1838–1910) editor of The Oregonian newspaper
- Joseph Showalter Smith, (1824–1884) United States Congressman
- Isaac W. Smith, (1826–1897) Portland Pioneer, first Chief Engineer, "father" of Portland's water system
- Lansing Stout, (1828–1871) United States Congressman
- Owen Summers, (1850–1911) soldier, Oregon legislator
- James Terwilliger, (d. 1892) Portland pioneer, street namesake
- Frances Fuller Victor, (1826–1902) writer and historian
- Henry Weinhard, (1830–1904) brewer and Portland businessman
- George Henry Williams, (1823–1910) United States Attorney General
- Richard Williams, (1836–1914) United States Congressman
- George L. Woods, (1832–1890) Oregon Governor
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