Luper Cemetery had a steady flow of visitors over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend to honor veterans and learn about the pioneer history of our area. There was a replica of a Prairie Schooner on display that was built by the Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. Refreshments, books, information, and tours were available.
Luper Cemetery is one of the oldest pioneer cemeteries in the southern Willamette Valley dating to the mid 1800's. There are dozens of early pioneer families represented in the cemetery with over 160 people interred.
The cemetery may be accessed every day from dawn to dusk by walking or biking the half-mile gravel road from the West Beacon Drive entrance to the cemetery. The main vehicle gate is opened on special occasions, including Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
The Interments page has pictures of individual headstones and information on the inscriptions by clicking on the last names in the Alphabetical List of Luper Cemetery Names and Plot Numbers. Visit the Information page and scroll down for many links to historical diaries, journals and genealogy records. The Gallery page has various views of past conditions in the cemetery and the process of repairs. The work done by Ben Stinnett for his Masters Degree at the University of Oregon is on the Information page. It is a large file and slow to load but is worth waiting for as it includes extensive information and pictures.
Mission Statement: The mission of Luper Cemetery, Inc. is to: preserve the pioneer cemetery, the history of the people who lived in the Irving area, engage local residents in the history of Luper, honor the people buried at Luper, and to maintain the site in a historically correct way.
Donations and volunteers have made it possible to get much of the site restored and to complete such improvements as the kiosk, memorial monument, native plantings, the removal of undesired trees, improvement of pathways, signage and parking. We have established a Legacy Fund account to insure the future of the historical Luper Cemetery. Please visit the Donations page to help fund the cemetery. You might consider splitting your contribution between the Support Fund and the Legacy Fund. Thank you for all your help!
Meetings are scheduled for 5:45 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at:
Due to remodeling work at Santa Clara Fire Station #62
3939 River Rd, Eugene, OR 97404 our meeting location will vary. Weather permitting summer meetings will be at the cemetery.
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Donations can be made to Support Luper Cemetery or the Luper Cemetery Legacy Fund through PayPal on our Donations page or by check mailed to:
P.O. Box 2588, Eugene OR 97402
Your contributions to Support Luper Cemetery finance restoration and maintenance work at the cemetery. The Luper Cemetery Legacy Fund has been established to provide a process that will insure future preservation and maintenance. Thank you!
Luper Cemetery, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation established for the purpose of maintaining, improving and protecting Luper Cemetery. All donations are tax deductible.