nestucca valley ioof vfw cemetery
The crossroads of Hebo is best know for its cafe and for occasionally being for sale. At the juncture of Hwys. 22 and 101, it can seem little more than a pit stop, but the 2-3-acre cemetery around the corner, despite being on busy 101, is an oasis of calm and beauty and not a bad place to eat what you got at the Hebo Cafe. Climbing a steep hill, it doglegs to the right for a new, unadorned section, but the older portions at the top of he hill are well planted. The precipitous nature of the site has caused many people to build retaining walls for their graves; while the curbing around some of the older plots has been replaced. A small sign near the entrance credits seven members of Hebo Brownie Troop 1015 (1991-1992) for, we presume, aiding in cemetery maintenance. The young ladies may no longer be involved with cemetery upkeep, but someone is.

The VFW is a piker when it comes to erecting cemeteries, and it’s interesting to see them team up with the Odd Fellows. This cemetery is sometimes listed as the Hebo IOOF Cemetery, so one wonders if the VFW involvement and the name change to Nestucca Valley came at the same time.

The hillside location overlooking a typical, narrow, flat coastal valley is settling into its age with the trees getting big and many of the graves embellished with homemade touches. It’s a place where people can visit their departed friends and family and still feel joyful.

Hebo is named for nearby Mount Hebo, whose name was supposed to have been ol’ Mount Heave Ho, if you believe the sources, but got corrupted. Maybe by the same person who transmogrified Flush into Plush?

Directions:

On the east side of Hwy. 101, about a mile below Hebo, just after the road takes a 90° turn towards the south after running east-west near Hebo. Cemetery next to highway.
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