Cemeteries in Union County


This information was compiled by Larry Rader and was generously donated to the Oregon Geneology site. Please send Larry a big THANK-YOU at Larry Rader

"Summary extract from "Oregon Department of Transportation Survey" describing 23 sites in Union County. The report issue date is Dec 15, 1978. It was assembled by Robert Gormsen and Irene Hammer of DOT.

Most entries include year the cemetery was established (an apparent reference to oldest existing grave stone marker), location of the site and general condition at the time of the survey. Please note: These descriptions are more than 20 years old.


Entries include year the cemetery was established, location and general condition. Size of the cemetery is provided and number of graves estimated per this schedule:
A=less than 25   B=25-100   C=100-500
D=500-2000  E=More than 2000 internments


ACKLES-1866
Four acres (B): moderately tended. Located two miles north of La Grande on Glenn Road. Records maintained by La Grande Cemetery District.



CALVARY-1895 (Roman Catholic Cemetery, originally)
Four acres (D): fully tended. Located on 12th Street in La Grande. Records and maintenance by La Grande Cemetery District.

COVE-1865
15 acres (D): fully tended. Located on hill half-mile southeast of town. Records and maintenance by City of Cove.

ELGIN-1880
10 acres (D): fully tended. Located half-mile southeast of town on Clark Creek. Records and maintenance by City of Elgin.

GALLOWAY-1876
Half acre (B): moderately tended. Site is 1.5 miles north of Elgin on Rockwall Grange Road. Records and maintenancy by City of Elgin

GRANDVIEW-1895 (Formerly, the I.O.O.F. Cemetery)
Forty acres (B): fully tended. Located half-mile southeast of La Grande on Foothill Road. Records and maintenancy by La Grande Cemetery District.

HIGHLAND-1880 (A.K.A. Cricket Flat Cemetery)
Five acres (C): moderately tended. Located half-mile north of Hwy 82 on gravel road; junction is 4.2 miles northeast of Elgin.

HILGARD-1885
Two acres (B): moderately tended. Located half-mile north of Hilgard. Private cemetery, maintained by La Grande Cemetery Districts.

Vicky Gray sent me an e-mail stating that Hilgard Cemetery is a private cemetery and is not maintained by any district in Union County



HILLCREST-1895 (Formerly the Masonic Cemetery)
15 acres (E): fully tended. Entrance on Avenue G in the city of La Grande. Site is bounded by E and H Avenues, 10th and 12th Streets. Records and maintenancy by La Grande Cemetery District. 

INDIAN CREEK-1880
Half acre (A): abandoned to nature. Located 5 miles southeast of Elgin on Indian Creek Road where it intersects a gravel road.

ISLAND CITY-1890
Eight acres (D): fully tended. Located half-mile south of Island City on Hunter Lane. Records and maintenancy by La Grande Cemetery Districts.

La GRANDE CEMETERY-1863
In dissuse by 1910. Graves moved to Hillcrest Cemetery in 1929. Original site was four acres on property now occupied by Eastern Oregon State College.

MT. PLEASANT (Also called SCOTT Cemetery)-1900
One acre (A): moderately tended. Location is on Palmer Junction Road, 4.5 miles north of its intersection with Hwy 82 at Minam Hill summit. 

NIBLEY-1898
Lost site (A): Somewhere along Cove road, five miles west of Cove. Abandoned by 1910, area was farmed after 1950. Records preserved by LDS church. No trace of site is found today.

NORTH POWDER-1875
15 acres (D): fully tended. Located in northeastern corner of North Powder city limits on highway to Union. Maintained by City.

THE PARK (Cemetery not named)-1875
One acre (B): moderately tended. Located 16.4 miles southeast of Union on Hwy 203, in pine grove 100 yards north of highway.

PINE GROVE-1900
Half acre (B): moderately tended. Located half-mile from nearest road; i.e., from Pine Grove Church, 8 miles east of Elgin on Hwy 82.

STARKEY-1882
Half acre (A): abandoned to nature. Atop timbered knoll, along fence line, 1/4 mile east of nearest road. Site is approximately 3/4 mile south of Hwy 244 at a point 13 miles southwest of junction with I-80 north.

SUMMERVILLE-1866(A.K.A.SUMMERVILLE-IMBLER Cemetery)
15 acres (D): fully tended. Site is 1.5 miles northest of Imbler on Dry Creek Road, 3/4 mile southeast of Summerville

UNION-1862
10 acres (D): fully tended. At the eastern edge of City of Union.

WEAVER-1870
Lost family cemetery (A): Located on Indian Creek Road 2.5 miles southeast of Elgin, in field above house. Stone grave markers moved to Elgin Cemetery about 1950. Plots farmed over; no remaining visible traces. Private. 

WRIGHT-(Lower Cove Road)-1870
Four acres (B): moderately tended. Private. On the Wright farm, atop a hillside 100 yards north of Lower Cove Road.

WRIGHT-(Medical Springs)-1800
Half acre (A); abandoned to nature. Located at Medical Springs, on edge of bluff immediately above and northeast of intersection. Burials listed on large single marker.