eastwood/ioof cemetery (medford)
According to a flyer available at the cemetery, the first interment was in 1878 and was on William Barneburg’s donation land claim; becoming a 20-acre IOOF cemetery in 1890. As was the case of many Odd Fellow cemeteries, hard times drove this one to the city coffers in 1972, where its fortunes continued to decline until 1987, when permanent city funds were established. It made the National Register in 1989, which undoubtedly provides an impetus to maintain it properly, which has been done.

The 1925 mausoleum contains a stained glass window designed by the noted Povey Brothers, which was restored in 1990.

It’s not the richest cemetery in the area as to what’s within, but it’s a pleasant place still under construction, so to speak; details are currently being added.

Medford is for lease and the land around it for sale. These have been tough times for the valley. Nonetheless, the sheer beauty and delightful climate of this little known Shangri-La bode for long term health. Harry and David might be in trouble, but the wine industry continues to grow. This isn’t Klamath Falls (and I wouldn’t count them out, either).

Directions:

The directions given on the flyer available at the cemetery read: “The entrance is on Siskiyou Blvd. 300 feet west of Highland Drive.” This set of streets is just east of Exit 27 on I-5, as it runs through Medford. The measurement of 500 ft. is important, as the entrance looks like an alley between two houses and is easy to pass by. Once you’re there, as you can see, there is a perfectly respectable cemetery inside.
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