ilwaco cemetery
Eight to ten irregularly shaped, open acres on a peninsula that pushes part way into a swamp populated by spring peepers (at least when I was visiting) and coveys of blue herons feeding thereon (I presume). This is the first cemetery on the Washington coast beginning in the south. It has a number of good etchings of various kinds of boats, but one is most struck by a memorial erected in 2006 to six sailors lost in an 1891 wreck, which carries an etching of the doomed ship, the Strathblane rolling in the surf. I like a community with a 115-year memory, not to mention a strong sense of priorities.

Directions:

On the northwest (landward) side of Hwy. 101 about .8 miles before it enters Ilwaco from the east. There are entrance pillars at the highway, but they’re not garish, so pay attention.
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