ocean view cemetery
Conceivably one could see the ocean from here. At one time it was probably easier. There’s a veterans memorial mound in the middle of the cemetery with a flight of steps up to the top, which we took, but I don’t recall seeing the ocean from there, either, It’s okay; if I can’t see it, neither can anyone else.

It’s not the lack of a ocean view which is the most noticeable feature of Ocean View, though; it’s the size. It’s huge. Okay, huge is relative. It’s no River View, regardless of how big the ocean is. But for a town the size of Warrenton, Ocean View is a monster. Evidently, a lot of Astorians choose Ocean View as their final resting spot.

Ocean View, like Greenwood overlooking Youngs River, is a design descendant of Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, only with more panache. Not than Père Lachaise, more than Greenwood. Only here half the people are Finnish and the other half pure Scandinavian. The war memorial is small but pleasant with a cluster of old military stones at its base; with most of the cemetery given over to solid, respectable stones as one finds everywhere until just recently, when tombstones went through the roof. So to speak.

The roof of Ocean View is in the very back. Bless them, they still permit uprights, and the back-left section is an explosion of personalization. Everybody has something carved onto their stone. I’ve never been to any cemetery where the ratio of personalized stones to generic was anywhere near as high as at Ocean View. The range of designs is amazing. I had to stop photographing them because I was getting dizzy, but before I did I recorded designs of: a school bus; a dump truck; a steam engine; a cluster of cows; a swimmer (with the notation underneath, “The miracle of swimming"); the L. A. Lakers’ logo; numerous boats of various kinds including a paddlewheeler; a viking ship, and several fishing boats, often pictured in front of the Astoria Bridge; an Army personnel carrier; and a bundle of shakes. The gamut runs large here.

Further notes; summer 2011:

Once again, the sheer size of it is astounding for Warrenton. It must run twenty acres or more. It's more or less open except for the curving central section which focuses on the war memorial. Uprights are allowed over the entire cemetery save for one small section. In decent Scandinavian fashion, none of the uprights is extravagant.

Some sections are dedicated to fraternal orders.

Directions:

Delaura Beach Rd. runs between SW Ridge Rd. and Alt. Hwy. 101 just south of Warrenton; it’s a major road. The cemetery is on the north side of the road about in the middle.
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