First Washelli Cemetery

Seattle, King County, Washington, USA Add to Map
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Burials of Seattle's deceased took place in church and informal graveyards until the first municipal cemetery, the Seattle Cemetery, was established on five acres in 1864 on Depot Street (now Denny Way and the site of Denny Park). In 1885, the municipal cemetery, including the majority of burials, moved to 40 acres of land on Capitol Hill acquired by the city in 1876. This second municipal cemetery, called Washelli after a Makah Indian word for west wind, received burials for three years until a city ordinance converted Washelli Cemetery into a public park named Lake View Park and renamed Volunteer Park in 1903. This forced some families to rebury their deceased for the fourth time.(the first Washelli Cemetery and Lake View Park are often confused with the neighboring Lake View Cemetery, which was founded in 1872 by the St. John's Lodge of the Order of Freemasonry on land donated by David S. "Doc" Maynard).


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  • Added: 17 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2310235