pleasant view cemetery
Parrett Mountain (the Parretts are buried here), the hill upon whose flanks Pleasant View Cemetery lies, is a hill under assault. An outlier from the Chehalem Mountains to the west, it has long been a maze of dirt roads, deep hollows, old farm houses, and magnificent views of Mount Hood off its east shoulder. Hemmed in by Wilsonville, Newberg, and Tualatin as much as by Sherwood, the bulb and berry farms are being replaced by McMansions and horse stables, where the horses wear blankets in the winter. Arabians, I guess. An oasis of quite dignity is giving way to faux chateau and llamas.

For a long time and on most maps, including the USGS, this is given as the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, but the ancient collapsing entrance sign (restored by 2013) says otherwise. I’m going with the sign. Rumor has it the name was changed because there was another Pleasant Hill, but there’s another Pleasant View within Clackamas County already. It would appear they’ve exchanged the frying pan for the fire.

This three acre cemetery stretches out alongside the road and houses a considerable diversity of markers, a few displaying particular flights of fancy and a number adorned by etchings of big rigs. With some acroutements, this could be a great cemetery; as it is, it’s a pleasant diversion, as well as a tempting view.

Were Pleasant View an abandoned pauper’s cemetery, a drive over Ladd Hill Rd. to the Willamette River is always called for. Further excursions into the Rip Van Winkle heart of Parrett Mountain can be eye-opening. There are hollows back there that will make you think you’re three thousand miles away, anywhere but outside Portland.

Directions:

Take Ladd Hill Rd. south from Sherwood (Main St. heading south from the center of Old Sherwood becomes Ladd Hill Rd.). Turn east onto Pleasant Hill Rd., which comes soon after the turnoff for Parrett Rd. At the T, turn south (right) again ontonMcConnel Rd. The road will bend to the east, after which it becomes Tooze Rd. Turn right (south) on 147th Ave. It will take another right angle to the east, after which it's called Westfall. The cemetery is at the turn. Or you can more simply approach it from Exit 286 off I-5
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