|The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society dedicated this memorial stone to honor all those who are buried at the Pioneer Cemetery in The Dalles on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010. |
For several years the society collected donations in order to erect a common monument inscribed with the names of 240 known people interred in the cemetery.
The original name was City Graveyard or Pioneer City Graveyard. It was sometimes referred to as the Bigelow graveyard. W.D. Bigelow donated the ground for the cemetery on June 14, 1860 with the first burial shortly thereafter. This graveyard was used instead of the Indian Mission cemetery (16th Street between Garrison and Pentland streets) after 1860. It contains 2.12 acres of native trees and plants.