keno cemetery
Supposedly named for the first postmaster’s bird dog, Keno might have remained an obscure gambling game were it not for government lotteries. In any event, the popularity of the name has done little to boost the town, as far as I can tell.

The cemetery is a charming couple acres under the heady resinous odor of ponderosa pines. There is a pervasive quality of light and smell particular to ponderosas, unmatched by any other forest I’ve wandered in. Nothing says “Bonanza” like the golden caresses of a ponderosa forest in the slanting afternoon sun. Neither as large nor as colorful as Camp Polk Cemetery under a similar setting, this, nonetheless, brings it to mind. All in all it’s a welcoming cemetery and a good place to hang your hat.

Aside from being under sheltering pines at the edge of a fabled river, Keno is near the eastern terminus of Hwy. 66, which cuts through a wedge of the Siskiyous on its way to Ashland, that theatrical and artistic enclave in southern Oregon. Ashland and K Falls are not sister cities, so you’ll have the serpentine, verdant road largely to yourself, should you wend this way. Midway is the whilom company town of Pinehurst, now a hidden vacation spot for a lucky few. God only knows why I didn’t seek out its cemetery.

Directions:

Keno is some 12 to 15 miles southwest of Klamath Falls on Hwy. 66. The highway crosses from the north to the south bank of the Klamath River at Keno. A couple blocks after the highway crosses the river, Keno Worden road peel off to the south. The cemetery appears on the east side of Keno Worden Rd. a short way from its intersection with the highway.
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