Historic Cemeteries & Cemetery Tours in Bend, Oregon
Whether you wish to pay tribute to loved ones or just want to explore a part of Bend most tourists never see, Bend's cemeteries are peaceful places worth an afternoon of quiet exploration. You'll encounter a mix of new and old graves, with many historic markers offering fascinating glimpses into the lives and deaths of Bend's early settlers.
If you're looking for Bend cemeteries, Pilot Butte Cemetery offers a large, park-like setting in the center of Bend just off Bear Creek Road. Adjacent to it is the Greenwood Cemetery, which is frequented by walkers and joggers seeking a quiet place for fresh air. Both areas are beautifully maintained and offer spacious, serene settings for families and visitors.
On the north end of town, Deschutes Memorial Gardens on North Highway 97 sprawls over dozens of acres with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains. This cemetery offers year-round greenery and easy accessibility by car or on foot.
Want to explore Oregon cemeteries outside the Bend area? You'll find 10 historical cemeteries in Crook County, nine in Deschutes County, and nine in Jefferson County. Pilgrim's Rest Cemetery in Powell Butte offers incredible views of the Cascade Mountains, while the Mill Creek Cemetery near Prineville on the west end of the Ochoco Reservoir has graves dating back to the pioneer era. Continue along the same road to visit the Howard Cemetery for a smaller, more intimate spot among the trees.
Just a few miles north of Sisters, the Camp Polk Cemetery has a cowboy charm dating back to 1880, and roughly 170 grave sites sprinkled throughout the sprawling grounds. You can admire (but don't disturb!) a variety of handmade markers ranging from wrought-iron fences to benches to ceramic figurines to birdhouses. Be sure to check out clever grave inscriptions like the headstone that reads, "Cowboy, 19 years, horse kicked."
Off the beaten path cemeteries: You may have some difficulties finding these historic graves, but it's all about the adventure anyway! Early homesteaders were laid to rest at Rease Cemetery located in a prairie near Newberry Crater. A lone grave from the 1840s, located outside of Alfalfa, is along the wagon train route through Oregon.
Tips on spotting old graves:
Head to the back of cemeteries or farthest edge to find older graves. Keep an eye out for tall, thin and white grave markers clustered together.
If your interest in cemeteries has more to do with supernatural than sentimental, you won't want to miss the Deschutes Historical Museum's annual ghost tour, Historic Haunts of Bend. Offered only in the days surrounding Halloween, the tour provides a glimpse at the darker side of Bend history.
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