Oregon Resources

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is the ideal place to begin for information about Oregon and its historical cemeteries. It has a wealth of information, some of which is highlighted below.

Sign up for the Oregon Historic Cemeteries Listserve to get the latest updates of activities and events around the state regarding Historic cemeteries.

A list of Oregon's Historic Cemeteries is here in PDF form. This is not a list of all cemeteries in Oregon but rather a list of those which have opted to be listed as historic cemeteries.

The 1978 Oregon Cemetery Survey is a comprehensive list of cemeteries commissioned by the Oregon Department of Transportation. It's purpose was to list all cemeteries in Oregon. This document has many more cemeteries listed that the Historic Cemetery List. As an example, in Washington County the Historic Cemetery List shows sixteen cemeteries, while this list records eighty-five. More than half qualify as historic cemeteries if their caretakers wanted such designation.

The Historic Cemetery Preservation page has most of its tools in this one location.

Below are Heritage Bulletins published by the Oregon Heritage Commission that specifically deal with historic cemetery issues. www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/Bulletins.shtml

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries has created several position papers concerning best practices regarding historic cemetery upkeep and maintenance.