Lake View Cemetery (Seattle)
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|Owned by||Lake View Cemetery Association|
|Size||40 acres (16 ha)|
|No. of graves||40,000|
|Find a Grave||76890|
Lake View Cemetery is a private cemetery located in Seattle, Washington, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, just north of Volunteer Park. Known as "Seattle's Pioneer Cemetery," it is run by an independent, non-profit association. It was founded in 1872 as the Seattle Masonic Cemetery and later renamed for its view of Lake Washington to the east.
- Princess Angeline – daughter of Chief Seattle
- Walter B. Beals – Chief Justice Washington State Supreme Court. Presiding Judge, Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, 1946–1947.
- Beriah Brown – Mayor of Seattle
- Gottlieb Burian – Founder of the city of Burien, Washington
- Denny Party members (Seattle pioneers), including:
- Tudor Ganea – mathematician
- Jesse Glover – martial artist and first student of Bruce Lee
- William Grose – second black resident of Seattle
- Granville O. Haller – businessman and military officer
- Thaddeus Hanford – Seattle newspaper editor
- Jeff Heath – Major League Baseball player
- Don A. Jones – Rear admiral in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, final director of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, and first director of the National Ocean Service
- John Leary – Seattle pioneer, mayor, civil leader
- Bruce Lee – martial artist and actor
- Brandon Lee – martial artist, actor, and son of Bruce Lee
- The Lees' gravesites are a tourist attraction visited by thousands of people a year. It is considered one of Seattle's most famous gravesites, was listed as one of the top 10 celebrity graves in the world by Time, and is found in several Seattle travel guidebooks. In 2013, forty years after his death, on Bruce Lee's birthday, flowers were piled as high as the headstones. Lake View Cemetery did not allow Kurt Cobain to be buried there because of the already-large numbers of visitors to the Lees' graves.
- Denise Levertov – poet
- William Harvey Lillard – first chiropractic patient
- Eugene McAllaster – naval architect; designer of the fireboat Duwamish
- John W. Nordstrom – founder of Nordstrom department store
- Guy Carleton Phinney – developer whose land became the Woodland Park
- A. W. Piper – pioneer, baker, socialist Seattle City Council member, eponym of Pipers Creek and Piper Orchard
- Guendolen Plestcheeff – philanthropist and preservationist
- Captain William Renton - prominent Seattle businessman and namesake of Renton, WA
- John Saxon - Actor and Martial Artist
- John Tester - Wisconsin state legislator
- George Tsutakawa – Northwest School painter and sculptor
- Cordelia Wilson – American Southwest painter
- Amy Yee – Seattle Tennis Champion
- Henry Yesler – Seattle's first economic father and first millionaire
Lake View includes the Nisei War Memorial Monument, a 21-foot column erected in 1949, listing the names of 47 Japanese American soldiers from Seattle who were killed during World War II. The Nisei Veterans Committee, in response to the US Army's plans in late 1947 to return Washington's Nisei war dead, began a door-to-door fundraising campaign in the Puget Sound region, collecting donations of $1 to $5, and raising over $10,000 to construct the memorial. Later, 9 more names of Seattle area service members of Japanese ancestry killed in Korea, Vietnam and Granada were added to names on the memorial.
The cemetery has a memorial to Confederate veterans erected in 1926 by Seattle's chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, near the site of 11 graves, the only burial ground in the Northwest of Confederate soldiers. During the 2020 George Floyd protests, the memorial was toppled by unknown persons on July 3, 2020. It had been criticized by protestors, and targeted with vandalism and graffiti in recent years.
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- Official website
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- FindAGrave Lake View Cemetery