The hot and dry weather has most of the grass at Luper Cemetery in a dormant stage. Other vegetation has also slowed down growth so maintenance is less during the summer months although occasional grooming will occur. The dry weather creates a fire danger in the area so visitors are asked to be cautious. A local Boy Scout has proposed improvements at Luper Cemetery for his Eagle Scout project. He will be adding two benches and clearing the Hawthorn thicket along the west boundary.
Luper Cemetery had about 280 visitors over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend open house. A dedication ceremony was held on Saturday for the new monument in memory of the people known to be buried at Luper Cemetery whose graves cannot be located. The monument and the purchase of native plants was made possible by a grant from the Oregon Commision on Historic Cemeteries and many hours of work and research by dedicated friends of Luper Cemetery. On Monday there was a great performance by Steve Holgate, known as the best portrayer of Abraham Lincoln. His presentation covered Lincoln's presidency and selections from Lincoln's most famous speeches as well as taking questions from the audience in a press conference fashion. Bob Hart of the Lane Historical Society made the arrangements for Steve's performance at Luper Cemetery.
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.
In 2014 volunteer Russ Carey located a headstone buried beneath the surface while doing work along the west side of the property. This marker was for a child named John Paul Legate. Investigation by Historical Researcher Linda VanOrden found that the Legate family were from
The February 2014 snow and ice storms unfortunately caused severe damage to the large landmark Maple tree along the north boundary of the cemetery. This tree was estimated to be over 100 years old. Work was being done to have it designated as a Heritage Tree but the damage leaves an uncertain future for what remains.
Luper Cemetery is excited to have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to place a memorial stone for the people known to be interred at the cemetery that no longer have headstones in place. The dedicated volunteers and support of the community made this grant and other awards possible. We also want to thank the Oregon Country Fair for a grant that helped fund the kiosk construction and provided for native plants. Luper Cemetery, Inc is proud to have been awarded both the Heritage Excellence Award in 2011 presented by the Oregon Commission on
Luper Cemetery is one of the oldest pioneer cemeteries in the southern Willamette Valley dating to the 1850's. There are dozens of early pioneer families represented in the cemetery with over 160 people interred. Historical Researcher, Linda VanOrden has generously contributed extensive work documenting families and their descendants relating to Luper Cemetery. Visit the Information page for Linda's work plus many diaries, journals, documents and other communications.
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.
PICTURES INSTEAD OF RUBBINGS PLEASE! Gravestone rubbings and cleaning inscriptions can irreversibly damage headstones. Any foreign substance applied to the stone can result in staining or premature wear. Help us protect our fragile Historic Resources for future generations!
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:
Santa Clara Fire Station #62
3939 River Rd, Eugene, OR 97404
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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.