olney cemetery
It’s not surprising that Pendleton, which has worked overtime presenting itself as a quintessential western town—what with the woolen mill and roundup and all, should have a stately and well-cared for cemetery. Big at 20 or more acres rolling over steep hills dotted with mature black locusts, the signature tree of Eastern Oregon cemeteries.

“Stately” is the operative principle here, and while there’s a great collection of Woodman of the World stumps, and a couple spectacular modern markers, there’s not a lot of room for homemade expressionism. It reminds me a lot of Fir Grove in Cottage Grove in that both have similar layouts and both are making concessions towards modern times with up-to-date landscaping and provision for the growing trend of cremation.

And it has a pet cemetery called “Treehaven,” though I didn’t find any pet stones yet.

Directions:

Heading south out of Pendleton on Hwy. 395, as soon as you pass under I-84, Tutuilla Creek Rd. will enter from the east. Take that; the cemetery will appear immediately upon your right (south side of the road).
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