Valdez-Cordova Census Area
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The Old Eyak Cemetery is the oldest community cemetery in Cordova and was in use from the turn of the century until 1918 with a few sporadic burials after that. It is located on the end of Lake Avenue as it becomes Power Creek Road. The cemetery is along the edge of Lake Eyak and has only a few wooden headboards marking graves. Trees have grown up in the cemetery and the only visible signs of graves are humps.
Originally the cemetery included burials on a spit, a finger of land that jutted out into the lake. In April of 1935, a spring storm washed out these graves and coffins had to be retrieved from Lake Eyak. On April 22, 1935, the remains of twenty-eight unknown individuals were reburied in a common grave in Lakeview Cemetery across the road.
Old Eyak Cemetery is adjacent to Nirvana Park and the spit that was once a burial ground is now known as Nirvana Spit. There is a lone grave on the Spit protected by a Spirit House. This grave contains bones from an unknown Native that were repatriated in the 1990's.
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