National Geographic recognizes Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery
Metro's Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery was named National Geographic's No. 9 must-see cemetery in the world for its historic past, eerie tributes and forested canopy.
The cemetery joins the ranks of graveyards in France, Argentina and Romania in the list of most legendary and scary.
Just in time for the spooky season, you can join The Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery for the one night when some of the cemetery residents come to life. The Tour of Untimely Departures, held Monday, Oct. 31, offers a glimpse of the lives and deaths of the long-deceased inhabitants of Lone Fir. Volunteer actors portray select cemetery residents in tours at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
The entry gate to Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery is located at Southeast 26th and Stark streets in Portland. Tickets are available Halloween night or by ordering online.
Founded in 1855, this 30.5-acre historic pioneer cemetery has become an important and vital community resource. Lone Fir is home to 559 trees of 71 different species that were planted over the past 150 years by loved ones of the deceased. Two of the trees are now listed as Heritage Trees by the City of Portland.
The cemetery is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Metro provides access to nature through its regional parks and 14 pioneer cemeteries for a variety of unique recreational opportunities and places for people to connect with each other.