Saturday, September 16, 2006

Hillendahl (Blue Light) Cemetery (Part 3 of 3)

This 1970s photo is far different from the Hillendahl cemetery of today. Some diseased trees at Bear Creek Park forced officials to remove dozens of trees in the area. The cemetery now sits on the edge of this clearing. Getting to the cemetery is a tad difficult since it's not visible from any roads inside the park.

If you do manage to find it, there isn't much to see. Well, when I went six years ago, there wasn't much to see. The small cemetery is enclosed in a high fence that's locked. Inside are a few plaques left by the Boy Scouts that identify some of the bodies buried there. There are no visible headstones.

Past posts on Hillendahl Cemetery are here and here.

4 Comments:

At 11:24 AM, Blogger TX Runner Girl said...

Very interesting. I often wondered about this cemetary, because as a kid, it was rumored to be haunted!

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger J.R.G. said...

Yeah, it has an infamous history attached to it. Lots of strange stuff happened there as far as vandalism is concerned. Some said seances and occult practices went on there among the graves. This was long after the cemetery was active.

 
At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Hillendahl, Living in Cottage Grove Oregon, I am sorry to read about my great grandfathers legacy being the victum of such vandalism and blight. I have never been there but the family rumour is this: even tho my grandfather paid taxes on the land near it all his life, the county officials were able to take it (thru eminant domaine?) from them to build shopping mall nearby.. maybe that's why it is haunted? Lane E. Hillendahl

 
At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are thinking about the Hillendahl Cemetery on Long Point Road in the Kmart Parking Lot which is maintaned by the Hillendahl family. They had a hsitorical marker placed there a few years back.

This other cemetery is deep inside Bear Creek Park and is not visible from the road.

 

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