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Swedish Cemetery
Bothell, King County, Washington

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GPS: 47.766268, -122.212738

9291-9305 NE 191st St.
Bothell, WA 98011

Published: October 8, 2019
Total records = 39

Swedish Cemetery is currently owned by the City of Bothell. It's no longer active.

Cemetery Background

Swedish Cemetery is contained within a one-acre lot on a hillside off NE 191st Street, in Bothell. Containing approximately 40 graves, seven of them bearing stone pedestals with missing headstones, the cemetery is bordered by hedges, low wire fences, and iron railings. The site suffered deteriorization and vandalization between 1927 and 1982. City Parks staff and volunteers have maintained the site since 1982, established a path with a simple rail fence, and marked the entrance with a sign reading, "Swedish Cemetery, 1893". In 1987, Bothell Eagle Scout Todd Reese, age 15, built and installed a picnic table at the site as a Boy Scouts of America service project.

Cemetery History

Johannes (St. John's) Swedish Lutheran Church was founded in Bothell in 1893 and a church building was completed two years later on the northwest corner of NE 183rd and 103rd NE. Charles Erickson, charter member of the church, donated one acre from his homestead for a cemetery along what would become the south side of NE 191st Street in 1900. Swedish Cemetery contains the graves of important Bothell pioneers who came to Bothell prior to 1885. The first burial was that of Johannes Johnson in 1901. Subsequently, Alfred Pearson and Eric Jacobson, other charter members of St. John's Church, gave permission for transients to be buried in the cemetery; their graves were usually unmarked. The Swedish Lutheran Church disbanded in 1927. Title to the cemetery went to Bethany Lutheran Church and then to Augustana Lutheran Retirement Home, now called Columbia Lutheran Home, in Seattle. As of 1982, the cemetery became property of the City of Bothell.

Cemetery Records

Names of persons listed below were taken from an application filed by the City of Bothell in June 2010 for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The application identifies these names as persons known to have been buried in Swedish Cemetery. No dates or other information was given. As of this writing (October 8, 2019), it does not appear this cemetery had been accepted into the Register.


  • Johannes Johnson
  • Andrew O. Beckstrom
  • Albert Beckstrom
  • Annie Beckstrom
  • Elvra Beckstrom
  • Charlie Beckstrom
  • Beckstrom child
  • Anna Christian Peterson
  • Peterson child
  • Peterson child
  • Peterson child
  • Mrs. Blumberg
  • Blumberg child
  • Blumberg child
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Maria Johnson
  • Mary Axberg
  • August Axberg
  • Lilly Axberg
  • Carl Thorsk
  • Inga Thorsk
  • Gust Johnson
  • Analisa Johnson
  • Johnson child
  • Johnson child
  • Eric Jacobson
  • Julia Jacobson
  • Clifton Jacobson
  • Daughter Jacobson
  • Peter Cordt
  • Charles Erickson
  • Matilda Erickson
  • Victor Johnson
  • Hilda Johnson
  • Johnson child
  • Johnson child
  • Andrew Peterson

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