River View Cemetery (Portland, Oregon)

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River View Cemetery
RiverView Cemetery Memorial.JPG
Memorial to veterans of the Spanish American War
Details
Year established 1882
Location Portland, Oregon
Country United States
Coordinates 45°27′44″N 122°40′26″W / 45.46222°N 122.67389°W / 45.46222; -122.67389Coordinates: 45°27′44″N 122°40′26″W / 45.46222°N 122.67389°W / 45.46222; -122.67389
Type Private
Owned by River View Cemetery Association
Website official site

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.[1] 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,[2][3] and famous western lawman Virgil Earp.

History[edit]

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.[4] All those who joined co-owned the cemetery.[4] In 1902 a Roll Call statue was added to honor the 165 Oregonians that died in the Spanish-American War.[4] The first adult burial was Dr. William Henry Watkins.[5] In the 1940s a 135 person chapel was added, designed by Pietro Belluschi.[6]

Facilities[edit]

Overlooking the Willamette River, the cemetery has a variety of mausoleums including the Hilltop Garden Mausoleum and Main Mausoleum.[6] There are also private mausoleums and crypts.[6] River View is an endowment care cemetery as defined by the state of Oregon.[7]

Property and surplus land[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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).[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Notable burials[edit]

Henry W. Corbett
Abigail Scott Duniway
Grave of Harvey W. Scott
Grave of Henry Weinhard

References[edit]

Burial marker at the cemetery.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Multnomah County, Oregon: River View Cemetery. The Political Graveyard. Retrieved on March 12, 2008.
  2. ^ James, Peet. Necropolitan: Portland's most interesting residents don't walk the streets. At least you'd better hope they don't. Willamette Week. Retrieved on March 12, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i River View Cemetery. Find A Grave. Retrieved on March 12, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c History. River View Cemetery. Retrieved on March 12, 2008.
  5. ^ The Doctor in Oregon. Alibris. Retrieved on March 12, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Welcome to River View Cemetery. River View Cemetery. Retrieved on February 6, 2008.
  7. ^ List of Endowment Care Cemeteries. Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities. Retrieved on March 12, 2008.
  8. ^ Our Founders. River View Cemetery, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved on May 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Portlanders Shall Rest in Green Peace. Portland Tribune. Retrieved on May 4, 2011.
  10. ^ Buried In Claims: Cemeteries Join the M37 Rush. Portland Mercury. Retrieved on May 4, 2011.
  11. ^ City of Portland OWEB Grant Application. Google Cache of Oregon Water Resources Department Web Page. Retrieved on May 4, 2011.
  12. ^ This wildlife corridor will be the envy of every city in America. KATU Southwest Portland News. Retrieved on May 4, 2011.
  13. ^ Horne, Peter. Policewomen: Their First Century and the New Era. The Police Chief, vol. 73, no. 9, September 2006. Retrieved on March 10, 2008.
  14. ^ "Ben Boloff surcombs". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). 15 October 1932. p. 4. 
  15. ^ "Kamm burial is today". The Oregonian. December 16, 1912. p. 7. 
  16. ^ Dorothy McCullough Lee. Portland Online. Retrieved on March 10, 2008.
  17. ^ Portland Online: First Chief Engineer of Portland's Water System
  18. ^ The Oregon History Project: Henry Weinhard. Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved on June 27, 2007.

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