|1001 Memorial Drive|
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The park is located on Memorial Drive, off NE 9th Street at NE Cedar Lane, in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Croxton Pioneer Memorial Park is no longer considered a cemetery, but a City Park. In 1856, this land was officially given by Thomas Croxton, one of many lasting ties between the Croxton family and Southern Oregon history.
The cemetery was mapped by Fred Warner and Ron Cogswell in 1961, but by the early 1970s, the cemetery had been so vandalized that it was decided to gather the remaining stones and embed them in a concrete circle at the entrance to the area, and convert the remainder of the property into a park. This was completed in 1975. Some of our earliest pioneers and most haunting stones are in the circle. Thomas Croxton and his wife were exhumed many years after their deaths and moved to the Masonic Cemetery on Foothill Blvd. No maps exist of the Croxton Cemetery as it was laid out. Today there are concrete pads with picnic tables in several places, and it is a popular small park in Grants Pass. There are original lamp-posts, cast by Grants Pass Iron & Steel Works throughout the park and they work! I visited and transcribed this cemetery in 2003 from all existing stones.
--- Jean Boling