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Historic cemeteries

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Metro's 14 cemeteries, managed as active facilities, offer scenic tranquility and a unique glimpse into the history of the region.

Historic spaces

Do you have an ownership interest in an unclaimed burial space in any of Metro’s 14 cemeteries? Learn more

Metro provides respectful public service and perpetual care and stewardship of your memories. Call 503-797-1709 for grave and cremation choices.

Metro manages 14 historic cemeteries in Multnomah County. The cemeteries not only offer a unique look into the past, but are managed as active facilities.

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Cemetery services

Metro offers gravesite and cremation spaces. Find out about prices for gravesite selection and other services.More

Search the records

Metro maintains burial records for use by family historians and genealogical researchers. Search the records online or contact the cemetery office to locate a gravesite More

Metro takes steps to respectfully, responsibly manage cemeteries

The very things that make cemeteries so fascinating also make them challenging to manage. Find out details of Metro's approach.More

Forward-looking business plan

The plan describes priorities for managing Metro’s cemeteries. More

Independent soil management study

Metro retained the services of a highly respected expert. Read the report. More

Metro cemetery policies

Metro strives to protect the integrity of our cemeteries while ensuring that adornments and remembrances respect the dignity and sacred environment of each property.

These rules, which have been in effect for nearly 20 years, help keep the cemeteries safe, clean and attractive for our many visitors. Learn more

A brief history

The Oregon Territory was a strong attraction for early settlers from the East. The promise of a free section of land to homestead and overflow from the California gold rush led to large numbers of people entering the territory. Life was difficult. Without modern medical care, sickness and premature death were common.Most of the cemeteries managed by Metro were established during the early homesteading period (circa 1850-1870). However, some were founded as early as 1837 during the fur trapping and trading period. Family burial plots often became community cemeteries. Community churches also provided burial grounds for their congregation.Care of cemeteries became inconsistent and some were abandoned to revert back to nature. In 1928, the Oregon Legislature mandated the care of 14 cemeteries to Multnomah County. This was done to assure proper maintenance of the facilities. Now the cemeteries are under Metro's care and fully tended in perpetuity.

gravestone at Lone Fir Cemetery

Historic cemeteries

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