Valdez-Cordova Census Area
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Lakeview Cemetery (also called the Pioneer Cemetery) is located on Lake Avenue where the street becomes Power Creek Road. It is across from the Old Eyak Cemetery. It is a large cemetery on the base of Mt. Eyak, therefore, the ground goes uphill. There is a road up the middle and the land on the west side of the road was pre-dominantly used for the graves of Natives as evidenced by the numerous Russian Orthodox crosses (crosses with three arms).
The land on which the cemetery is located was once a cow pasture. Parts of the old fence still remain. The cemetery was started in 1918 in a piecemeal fashion. The hillside was cleared an acre or two at a time as needed. Therefore, the rows of graves are set at different angles in different sections. General use of this cemetery ended in the 1940 when the Cordova Cemetery was started. Burials were allowed sporadically until 2002. No accurate map of the graves exists for the cemetery and it became too difficult to add new graves.